WALT DISNEY

WALT DISNEY

WALT DISNEY

WALT DISNEY

WALT DISNEY

03 Life at West Notts 05 Additional learning support 06 Working together 07 Study skills 08 Student financial support 09 Qualifications explained 11 State-of-the-art facilities 13 A LEVELS 17 BUSINESS 21 CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S WORKFORCE 25 COMPUTER SCIENCE 27 Network and system support 28 Software development 29 CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING SERVICES 31 Bricklaying 32 Carpentry and joinery 33 Electrical and plumbing 35 Painting and decorating 36 Plastering 36 Professional construction studies 37 CREATIVE ARTS 39 Art and design 40 Fashion 40 Graphic design 41 Media and multimedia 42 Music/music technology 43 Performing arts 45 ENGINEERING AND TRANSPORT SKILLS 47 Electrical and mechanical engineering 48 Fabrication and welding 49 Motor vehicle 51 FOUNDATION STUDIES 57 HAIR AND BEAUTY 59 Beauty and spa 61 Hairdressing 63 HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE 67 SPORT AND PUBLIC SERVICES 69 Horse care 70 Public services 71 Sport 73 TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY 75 Hospitality and cookery 77 Travel 79 How to apply 80 Tours 'n' tasters 81 How to find us 82 College bus service 2 There has never been a more exciting time to join West Nottinghamshire College.

Having invested over £40m in the college’s estate, creating state-of the art classrooms and a modern learning environment, our students now study in some of the best facilities in the country. Outstanding resources, combined with exceptional tutors, means that whatever your ambition we can help you achieve it. Time and time again our students tell us that the support they receive is second to none.Tutors and support staff make sure that learning is engaging, stretching and fun and more importantly prepares you for your next steps, whatever they may be.

In addition to your study, your life outside the classroom will be enriched with a range of opportunities to enhance your CV and really make yourself stand out from the crowd.Volunteering, enterprise, employability plus the chance to join many clubs and societies will not only provide you with essential skills for work but essential skills for life.

If you think you might be interested in running your own business once you leave us there is plenty of support to help you on the way – our Vision Entrepreneur programme combines inspirational speakers, expert mentoring and practical sessions which will equip you to achieve business success.

If a university-level qualification is your next goal, remember to speak to the college’s very own Higher Education team about your options.We offer a range of foundation degrees, HNDs and HNCs as well as full top- up degrees in partnership with the University of Derby and Birmingham City University. I very much look forward to welcoming you to the college in September and to working with you to achieve your ambitions. Dame Asha Khemka OBE DBE Principal and Chief Executive 1

WALT DISNEY

Careers team Professional advisors who can support you throughout your time at college with career choices, university applications, searching for jobs and interview preparation.

Call 01623 413325 Email careers@wnc.ac.uk Childcare Butterflies Day Nursery is located at the Derby Road campus and run by qualified staff.They provide four age-appropriate rooms for children aged 6 months to five years. Butterflies was also rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2012. Call 01623 413015 Visit www.butterfliesmansfield.co.uk Earn as you learn A scheme that enables students to gain valuable work experience, learn more about how the college works and, most importantly, get paid! Throughout the year, the college needs students to help out with events and activities. If you would like to earn a bit of extra cash while you study, get in contact with the Students’Union once you enrol and find out what’s available.

Email sue.harries@wnc.ac.uk Eating and drinking Most of our campuses have a diner, refectory and/or vending machines for students to use. Hot meals and snacks are available at Derby Road, the Ashfield Centre, Station Park and Engineering Innovation Centre. Finance You might be eligible for financial help if you’re struggling to make ends meet while you’re at college.There are schemes and funds available depending on your personal circumstances.There are also separate support schemes for parents to assist with childcare. For more information, visit our website or contact the student financial support team.

Call 01623 627191 ext 8256/8179 Email studentfinancialsupport@wnc.ac.uk As a student at the college, you’ll receive a great education with all of the support you need to make the most of your time here. We also encourage you to get involved with the range of opportunities available to you outside of the classroom. Learner Voice A forum for students to air their opinions about college life and make changes for the better.You can volunteer to become a student rep and take the concerns of those on your course directly to college senior management.This is an important part of how the college is run and affects the decision-making process at the highest level.

Learning resource centre (LRC) Located at the main Derby Road campus and with further services available at our smaller sites, the LRC provides books, DVDs, journals and magazines, along with computers for college work or internet access. Specialist software is also available for those with learning needs and the friendly team at the LRC can provide support with research or accessing information.

Email learningresourcecentre@wnc.ac.uk Student experience officer All students have access to a student experience officer, who can help with mentoring, time-management, attendance and motivation. They also run the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which is a nationally-recognised scheme for 14-25 year-olds. It’s a chance to get outside, go on expeditions and try something new.You’ll meet new people, develop new skills and gain confidence. Speak to your student experience officer about getting involved when you start college.

Student health, welfare and safety A team of professional advisors who can offer advice on safer sex, C-Card registration (free condom service), information on drug and alcohol misuse, bullying/cyber bullying, domestic abuse, healthy eating support and more.

Email shws@wnc.ac.uk The SU at West Notts is active throughout the academic year, arranging volunteering, fundraising for charity, trips out and fun activities.The SU provides a great way for you to get involved in college life, meet new people and enhance your CV.The SU block and team offices are located at Derby Road – this is a place for students to relax and socialise in-between classes.

As soon as you have enrolled at the college, you can apply for an NUS card at www.nus.org.uk – it only costs £12 but gives you access to 100s of discounts in shops and online. Visit www.westnottssu.co.uk 3 4

WALT DISNEY

The additional learning support (ALS) team offers a wide range of support services to enable you to access the educational and social environments at college.We have a large team of experienced and trained staff who work closely with you, schools, outside agencies and tutors to provide an individual support package. This package will include access to the following specialist services: u Communication support workers for the deaf u IT trainers for the visually-impaired u A team who provide support for students with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties or an autistic spectrum disorder, e.g.

autism or Asperger’s syndrome u Learning support assistants who provide classroom and/or personal care assistance u Dyslexia support tutors u Support for mental health difficulties u A range of assistive technology, software and resources to enable access and inclusion u Special exam arrangements u Special needs transport u Note-taking service for D/deaf students If you have a learning difficulty and/or disability that you would like to discuss in a confidential manner, please contact the ALS team on 0808 100 3626. If you would like more information, we can post you a disability statement which outlines all of our services in detail.The statement can be provided in large print or audio on request.

When you become a student at West Notts, we will guarantee to provide you with the education and support you need to make the most of your time here. In return, we expect you to adhere to certain rules, regulations and policies and behave in a manner that promotes mutual respect. WE EXPECT YOU TO: u turn up to class on time u wear appropriate safety clothing/ equipment in workshops u wear your college lanyard and ID card at all times u hand your work in on time u not use bad language u respect others and college property u keep the college clean and not throw litter u always consider your safety and the safety of others u tell us if you experience any problems during your time here u not bring drugs or alcohol onto college premises.

WE WILL PROVIDE: u a safe learning environment u information, advice and guidance on your health and wellbeing u continuous support throughout your time here u tutors with subject expertise u timely marking of your work u careers advice and support for your next step after leaving us u modern and extensive resources specific to your course u up-to-date facilities and equipment u confidential advice and support should you need it. At West Notts we offer additional support to students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

CONTACT US Additional learning support team 0808 100 3626 5 6

WALT DISNEY

You might be eligible for financial help if you’re struggling to make ends meet while you are at college. For further information or to find out if you are eligible for any of these schemes, please contact student financial support on 01623 627191 ext 8256/8179 or email studentfinancialsupport@wnc.ac.uk CARE TO LEARN If you are a parent under 20 years of age, you may be able to apply for childcare support through the Care to Learn scheme. For further information or an application form, please call the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989, or search for Care to Learn at www.direct.gov.uk 20+ CHILDCARE FUND If you are a parent aged 20 years or over, then the college's 20+ Childcare Fund may be able to offer some assistance with your childcare costs.

Call us on 01623 627191 ext 8256/8179 for more information.

The 16-18 Guaranteed Bursary may be available to support you while you study if you are: ˜ a looked-after young person i.e. in foster care ˜ a care leaver ˜ in receipt of income support ˜ in receipt of Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance. You must be in receipt of both of these benefits to qualify. The 16-18 Student Support Fund supports students under 19 years of age who are experiencing financial difficulty due to a low household income. Please note these details are correct at the time of print and may be subject to change.

CONTACT US Student finance team 0808 100 3626 ext 8256/8179 Studying on a programme with us is far more than just gaining a qualification.There are lots more ways that you will pick up the skills essential for employment or progression to a higher- level course.

If you haven’t gained GCSEs at A*-C in English and maths before joining us you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects. Employers tell us that these subjects are essential for today’s workplace and we will work with you to make sure that you achieve these essential skills.

We will also work with you on your own study skills, professional development and provide you with opportunities to get involved in a range of activities that mean that you will leave us ready for your next steps. Opportunities range from work placement, volunteering, enterprise and sport all aimed at giving you those essential personal and employability skills you’ll need when you go into work or further study. CORE COURSE QUALIFICATION MATHS ENGLISH STUDY SKILLS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS STUDY SKILLS WORKING AS A TEAM USING YOUR INITIATIVE SPORT ENTERPRISE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING WORK EXPERIENCE PERSONAL CONFIDENCE COMMUNICATION VOLUNTEERING If you are aged between 16-18 you may be entitled to free school meals at the college.

If you received free school meals at school it is likely that this entitlement will continue with you into college.You will need to complete a form to apply for free school meals and this will be sent to you as part of the admissions process. If you are eligible your free schools meals allocation will be loaded onto your ID card and you will be able to use this card in all of the college’s diners and vending machines. More information is available from the student finance team on 01623 627191 ext 8256/8179 or email studentfinancialsupport@wnc.ac.uk 7 8

WALT DISNEY

ENTRY 1 2 3 UNIVERSITY Academic qualifications taken after GCSEs. A full A Level is achieved after two years of study. Each A Level focuses on a specific subject area, students normally take 2-5 depending on career goals. A LEVELS L3 N/A Work and study at the same time. You’ll learn practical skills at work and normally study one day per week at college. You’ll also earn a weekly wage. INTERMEDIATE APPRENTICESHIP L2 5 GCSES AT GRADE A*-C As above, although you can expect to develop wider skills and knowledge in your specialism.

ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP L3 A LEVELS As above, but with a focus on developing high level specialist skills and knowledge in your role.

HIGHER APPRENTICESHIP L4 UNIVERSITY-LEVEL Specific for the construction industry. You’ll learn practical, job-related skills and knowledge for a career in bricklaying, plastering, painting and decorating or carpentry. CONSTRUCTION DIPLOMA L1-L3 VARIES DEPENDING ON LEVEL Courses are designed to help those who may find learning difficult. BTEC entry level courses help you to gain confidence, engage in learning and prepare you for further study in specific industries.

BTEC ENTRY ENTRY LEVEL PRE-GCSE Aimed at preparing you for further study in a specific industry if you do not possess the right entry qualifications. No examinations. BTEC INTRODUCTORY L1 PRE-GCSE Work-related learning aimed at preparing you for employment in a specific industry. BTEC DIPLOMA L2 5 GCSES AT GRADE A*-C Work-related specialist qualifications for those who are certain of the job role and/or university course they wish to progress to. BTEC 90 CREDIT/ SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA L3 A LEVELS As above, but covers more units. BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA L3 A LEVELS A qualification that measures your knowledge and ability in a specific subject area or job role – suitable for those already in employment.

NVQ L1-L3 VARIES DEPENDING ON LEVEL Your time at Vision West Nottinghamshire College may extend beyond the completion of your first course. Many of our students stay with us for years, progressing to a university-level qualification before finding that all- important dream job. Whatever career path you choose to follow, we can help you get there by supporting you to achieve higher-level qualifications. Hairdressers, engineers, actors, coaches, entrepreneurs, musicians, teachers and more can all study for a foundation degree, HND or full honours degree at West Notts. Through our partnerships with the University of Derby and Birmingham City University, you can be sure that the qualification you achieve has the same value as any other degree; the only difference is lower fees, smaller class sizes and the option of staying local while you study.

Whether you want a Level 2, Level 3 or university-level qualification, we’re here to help you reach the top and achieve your goals. QUALIFICATION LEVEL/S EQUIVALENT TO WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE? 9 10

WALT DISNEY

There’s no better time to study at West Notts. Our £40m redevelopment has reached completion which means new buildings, new facilities and new opportunities.We now boast some of the best facilities in the country to help prepare you for the world of work or higher-level study. Our dedicated study centres include spacious classrooms, learning resource centres, and the latest industry- standard equipment and technologies to offer our students the chance to increase employability, and learn in a 21st century environment.

The main campus at Derby Road has seen big changes with the addition of a lifestyle academy, boasting two commercial ventures. Students wishing to work in catering and hospitality will train in Refined, a fine dining restaurant with access to industry-standard kitchens, whilst hair and beauty students will train in Revive, a commercial hair and beauty salon and spa, which offers the latest treatments and services. Create, a dedicated facility for creative industries and digital technologies provides, students with an impressive 150-seat commercial theatre,TV and recording studios, and the latest industry technologies including Apple Mac suites for those studying media or multimedia.

And our latest addition, the Visual Art and Design Centre brings together art and design and fashion students in one inspiring space.

Engineering and motor vehicle students study in the newly-built Engineering Innovation Centre featuring the latest in hybrid, nano and carbon technologies, and those studying construction and building studies benefit from spacious study zones at Station Park. And let’s not forget the sports hall, spanning the size of six badminton courts and built to Sport England standards! We even have a dedicated university centre, should you wish to stay with us up to university-level study. Whatever your ambition, we’re ready to support your goals, and help you to become the industry professionals of tomorrow.

11 12

WALT DISNEY

Nelson Mandela 99.2% Pass rate A Levels We believe there should be more to the A Level experience than a classroom and textbooks. At West Notts you’ll excel in your studies through visits and activities that will enhance your learning experience. Providing comprehensive support is something that we pride ourselves on. A learner coach will be assigned to you to ensure that you get the help and motivation you need during your studies. As an A Level student at the college you’ll develop real skills in communication, team working and independence - skills you can take into employment or university-level study.

Visits and trips We arrange a number of interesting trips and activities for our A Level students.The trips you attend depend on the A Level subject you study. Examples of past visits include: u Natural History Museum, Science Museum, National Space Centre, Bletchley Park. u Visits to local attractions including: Nottingham Law Courts, Nottingham Caves, Sherwood Forest Visitors' Centre, Holocaust Memorial Centre, Derwent Reservoir, Alton Towers. u A visit to bioKneX Laboratories in Nottingham and field trips to the Peak District and the Yorkshire Coast. Specialist facilities As an A Level student you’ll have exclusive access to our new independent learning centre at Derby Road.

The centre has up-to-date resources which are specifically collated for individual A Level course specifications. Our resources and facilities will enable you to develop independent study skills while providing an environment that promotes academic development in preparation for university-level study. Opportunities We have excellent links with regional universities which will help you decide on your next step if you intend to continue into Higher Education.These links include seminars led by visiting subject specialists and visits to university open days. We also offer a range of foundation degrees at the college that are validated by our partner universities – the University of Derby and Birmingham City University – should you wish to continue your studies with us.

Entry requirements September 2015 will see the start of two-year A Levels with all exams taking place in the summer of 2017.This means that you need to ensure that you are comfortable with studying the full two-year A Level before you commit to your chosen subjects. The entry requirements for each A Level subject are slightly different. Generally, you will need to have at least five A*-C grades, including English and the GCSE subject you intend to study at A Level. Detailed entry requirements are listed in our comprehensive A Level course guide available by request from the college or at www.wnc.ac.uk u Accounting u Biology u Business Studies u Chemistry u English Language u English Literature u Film Studies u Fine Art u Further Maths u Geography u History u ICT u Law u Maths u Media u Photography u Physics u Physical Education u Psychology u Sociology 13 14

WALT DISNEY

Background: Over ten years of experience teaching adult literacy, key skills, communications and A Level English. Alison is also a former West Notts student herself! “We offer a wide range of A Levels, more so than the majority of local schools in the area.This allows students to have much more choice in their subject options which will ultimately benefit their chosen career path.” TUTOR PROFILE Alison Lincoln "It's way more relaxed here, there's a Students’ Union to listen to me, I'm treated like an adult and I feel like my opinion matters." /visionwestnotts 3 A Levels ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Although each A Level has slightly different entry requirements (usually an A*-C grade in a related GCSE), you will generally need to have at least five A*-C grades including English language before being accepted onto a programme of A Levels.

COURSE OVERVIEW Students select three subjects to study over the two years. In addition, students are also able to complete the Extended Project Qualification. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? u Written exams u Coursework in certain subjects u Practical assessment in subjects such as art or science WHERE WILL I STUDY? In our new A Level centre at Derby Road with dedicated classrooms and resources. WHERE NEXT?

u Application to a university- level programme such as a foundation degree, HND or full honours degree. Apprenticeships or employment. APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/A-Levels Derby Road HIGHLIGHTS A Level students visited Magdalen College and St Edmund Hall College as part of an initiative to encourage them to apply to the top universities.They toured the colleges and saw the historical buildings and campus, and the deer park.They also received a tutorial session on writing personal statements for university applications. 15 16

WALT DISNEY

Colin Powell 93% Pass rate 270 students within this area of study of students felt they had developed skills for employment 97% HOW OUR STUDENTS PROGRESS...

38% Further study 45% Employment 17% Other ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Key information Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses. For all of the courses listed in this section you will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

For many courses you will also need to demonstrate a standard of literacy and/or numeracy appropriate to the level of study; this is an important requirement as it may affect your chances of being able to successfully complete the course.This will be discussed with you at interview. ABOUT YOUR COURSE - Key information English and maths at GCSE are essential qualifications for Further and Higher Education and employment. Students who do not hold an A*-C in these subjects will be expected to continue to study towards them as part of their course.

Assessment is a key part of your course.You may be required to create a portfolio; take part in workshops; work on team and/or individual projects; write coursework and case studies; and take written, verbal and practical tests to ensure you are developing your skills and knowledge at the right pace.

COURSE PROGRESSION ROUTE ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Business 17 18

"Classes are smaller so communication with tutors is easier. I like the fact that all the tutors are ready to help and know exactly what to do." /visionwestnotts BUSINESS BTEC National Diploma in Business 3 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Four GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English language) or: u Level 2 in Business at merit level u Written skills test at Interview COURSE OVERVIEW u An A Level-standard course designed to equip you with skills to work in business – or start up your own.

u Study modules which take a look at different business and marketing models, strategies and techniques.

u Visit working business environments to observe how they work. u Undertake a work placement to gain practical first-hand experience. WHERE NEXT? u Foundation Degree Business Management (available at the college) u Start your own business APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/297 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Five GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English language) or: u Business National Diploma/ First Diploma at Level 2 with GCSE maths and English language at grade C or above u Written skills test at interview COURSE OVERVIEW u Study a mix of modules designed to equip you with the skills needed in business.

u Study the business environment and creative product promotion. u Undertake a work placement during your course to boost your employability. u Visit real working business environments to see how they operate.

WHERE NEXT? u Foundation Degree Business Management (available at the college) u Start your own business APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/297 BUSINESS Every good entrepreneur has to start somewhere. A qualification in business will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your goals and ambitions; whether that be helping someone run their business, or successfully running your own. Potential career opportunities include roles in customer service, marketing, PR, human resources and many other business support functions. BTEC Diploma in Business 2 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u GCSE English language and maths at grade D or above plus: u Two other subjects at grade D or above u Written skills COURSE OVERVIEW u Get a taste of what it’s like to work in a business environment.

u Visit working businesses to gain first-hand experience and industry knowledge. u Study a combination of business modules ranging from enterprise, marketing and selling, to people in organisations. WHERE NEXT? u Level 3 National Diploma in Business u Level 3 courses in public services, leisure and tourism or IT u Start your own business APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/298 Derby Road Derby Road Derby Road HIGHLIGHTS Rebekah Cotterill, scooped CIPD’s Student of the Year Regional Award 2013. She was nominated by her tutor for her ‘commitment to the philosophy and ideals of the programme’. 19 20

Franklin D Roosevelt 97% Pass rate 364 students within this area of study of students felt they had developed skills for employment 94% HOW OUR STUDENTS PROGRESS...

80%Further study 11% Employment 9% Other ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Key information These courses are only applicable for 16-18-year-olds. Older learners are signposted to an Adult Responsive team. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses. For all of the courses listed in this section you will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.You will also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

For many courses you will also need to demonstrate a standard of literacy and/or numeracy appropriate to the level of study; this is an important requirement as it may affect your chances of being able to successfully complete the course.This will be discussed with you at interview. ABOUT YOUR COURSE - Key information English and maths at GCSE are essential qualifications for Further and Higher Education and employment. Students who do not hold an A*-C in these subjects will be expected to continue to study towards them as part of their course.

Assessment is a key part of your course.You may be required to create a portfolio; take part in workshops; work on team and/or individual projects; write coursework and case studies; and take written, verbal and practical tests to ensure you are developing your skills and knowledge at the right pace.

COURSE PROGRESSION ROUTE ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Children and young people's workforce 21 22

"I’ve been given a lot of on-going support from the members of staff at the college." /visionwestnotts Entry Level Certificate in Caring for a Child/ Children EARLY YEARS EDUCATION AND CARE ENTRY Foundation Diploma in Caring for Children 1 2 Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) 3 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u No formal entry requirements apart from those listed on the previous page (interview, references and school/college reports) u You will be required to undertake a DBS check that the college will fund prior to any placement.

Any reprimands, cautions, warnings, convictions or ASBOs may affect your chances of securing a work placement.

COURSE OVERVIEW u Gain an understanding of caring for children in the community and in the home. u Learn valuable parenting skills which will benefit your personal and working life. u Benefit from a potential work placement (arranged by the college). u Be taught by staff experienced within early years professions. WHERE NEXT? u Level 1 Foundation Diploma in Caring for Children u Other related Level 1 courses at the college APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/296 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u English language OR maths at D grade and 3 E grades at GCSE which must include English language or: u Entry Level 3 in Caring for Children u You will be required to undertake a DBS check that the college will fund prior to any placement.

Any reprimands, cautions, warnings, convictions or ASBOs may affect your chances of securing a work placement.

COURSE OVERVIEW u Develop the basic knowledge and skills required for supporting children’s play and learning experiences. u Study a variety of childcare units from care and safety, to healthy lifestyles. u Opportunities to go on work placements in a childcare setting (arranged by the college). u Be taught by staff experienced within early years professions. WHERE NEXT? u Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care u Other related Level 2 courses at college u An apprenticeship APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/295 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u English language OR maths at C grade and 4 other D grades at GCSE (must include English language), or a Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children, or a Level 1 Health and Social Care qualification u You will be required to undertake a DBS check that the college will fund prior to any placement.

Any reprimands, cautions, warnings, convictions or ASBOs may affect your chances of securing a work placement.

COURSE OVERVIEW u Covers the knowledge and skills required to support children’s care and development, children’s welfare, enabling learning environments and positive relationships. u Training placements within childcare and education settings form part of the course (arranged by the college). u Be taught by staff experienced within early years professions. WHERE NEXT? u Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) u An apprenticeship APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/555 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Five GCSEs at grade C or above (must include English language and maths) or: u Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care, or: u A Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification with a ‘distinction’profile u You will be required to undertake a DBS check that the college will fund prior to any placement.

Any reprimands, cautions, warnings, convictions or ASBOs may affect your chances of securing a work placement.

COURSE OVERVIEW u This course is equivalent to three A Levels (420 UCAS points available). u A great first step onto a career in teaching, nursing or social work. u Learn about development from conception to seven years. WHERE NEXT? u University-level courses in teaching, nursing, social work or early childhood studies u Employment within an early years or school setting u Foundation Degree Children’s and Young People’s Services (available at the college) APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/294 CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORKFORCE Imagine having an impact on a future generation. A career in childcare is never a dull one and can potentially span a lifetime.You’ll need enthusiasm, patience and bags of energy to work in this rewarding sector where no two days are the same.

Our childcare courses are designed to prepare you for potential careers in early years, primary teaching and supportive care roles. Derby Road Derby Road Derby Road Derby Road HIGHLIGHTS Childcare students did a sponsored skipping activity to raise funds for the children’s oncology ward at The Queen’s Medical Centre.They performed single skipping and double Dutch-style skipping with two ropes.

23 24

Thomas A. Edison 97% Pass rate 385 students within this area of study of students felt they had developed skills for employment 95% HOW OUR STUDENTS PROGRESS... 63%Further study 25% Employment 12% Other COURSE PROGRESSION ROUTE ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Software development ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Network and systems support ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Key information Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

For all of the courses listed in this section you will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

For many courses you will also need to demonstrate a standard of literacy and/or numeracy appropriate to the level of study; this is an important requirement as it may affect your chances of being able to successfully complete the course.This will be discussed with you at interview. ABOUT YOUR COURSE - Key information English and maths at GCSE are essential qualifications for Further and Higher Education and employment. Students who do not hold an A*-C in these subjects will be expected to continue to study towards them as part of their course.

Assessment is a key part of your course.You may be required to create a portfolio; take part in workshops; work on team and/or individual projects; write coursework and case studies; and take written, verbal and practical tests to ensure you are developing your skills and knowledge at the right pace.

25 26

NETWORK AND SYSTEMS SUPPORT Diploma in IT 1 Diploma in IT (Software Development) 2 Diploma in IT (Software Development) 3 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Background: IT technician at the college, developed several software projects that have had commercial success, specialises in programming, games theory and design. “Seeing students succeed is very rewarding.Whether they progress onto other courses, university or employment, I’m honoured to have played a small part in helping them get there.” TUTOR PROFILE Piers Ching ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Entry Level 3 or GCSE IT at grade E or above and English (or equivalent) COURSE OVERVIEW u This programme is split into two key parts: a technical qualification and Functional Skills.

u Develop skills in a variety of subjects from internet safety and IT security, to web design, graphics and project management. u On successful completion, you’ll be able to undertake a wide range of information technology courses. WHERE NEXT? u Level 2 Diploma in IT (System Support) u Level 2 Diploma in IT (Software Development) APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/810 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or equivalent (including English) u Familiarity with computers and computer terminology would be an advantage COURSE OVERVIEW u A practical first step into software development.

u Learn or refresh your skills in designing, creating and testing your own computer software.

u Cover topics including web and software development, and ICT graphics. u Successful completion of this course can lead onto employment within web design or programming roles. WHERE NEXT? u Level 3 Diploma in IT (Software Development) u Level 3 Diploma in IT (Networking and System Support) APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/291 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and maths or an appropriate equivalent), or: u Level 2 diploma in a related subject area with a‘merit’ profile plus English at grade A*-C or an equivalent Level 2 literacy qualification COURSE OVERVIEW u Create your own programs and work with experienced game developers.

u Design and build your own games, create animations and develop websites. u Use industry-standard tools and techniques to complete challenges which will showcase your skills. u There are different options available to you at Level 3 which will be discussed at interview. WHERE NEXT? u HND Computer and Systems Development u Other related university-level qualifications APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/289 "I like how the lectures are slightly less formal when compared with school. I think it makes tutors more approachable when you require help." /visionwestnotts 2 Diploma in IT (System Support) ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or equivalent (including English) u Familiarity with computers and computer terminology would be an advantage COURSE OVERVIEW u A hands-on course in PC maintenance and repair.

u Develop a range of up- to-date practical skills, enabling you to build and fix computers and computer networks.

u Completion of this course can lead onto further study or work as a technician. WHERE NEXT? u Level 3 Diploma in IT (Software Development) u Level 3 Diploma in IT (Networking and Systems Support) APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/290 Diploma in IT (Networking and System Support) 3 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and maths or an appropriate equivalent), or: u Level 2 diploma in a related subject area with a‘merit’ profile plus English at grade A*-C or an equivalent Level 2 literacy qualification COURSE OVERVIEW u This course provides an in- depth look at the career of the networking/IT technician.

u Learn valuable skills in maintaining computer systems, managing networks and implementing network security.

u There are different options available to you at Level 3 which will be discussed at interview. WHERE NEXT? u HND Computing and Systems Development u Other related university-level qualifications APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/288 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT A career in computers doesn’t have to mean a desk job. Join an exciting and growing sector as a software developer.With skills in programming, you’ll be highly sought-after and your qualification could see you taking on exciting projects including designing the next console game, creating a user-friendly website or programming a mobile phone app.

Our courses can lead to potential careers including software engineer, games developer or test engineer.

SYSTEM SUPPORT A job in system support is an important one. As reliance on computer technology grows, so does the demand for technical experts to help keep them running efficiently. To work in this field,You’ll need accuracy and attention to detail, and be able to work at speed. Keeping your knowledge of new systems and processes updated is also key. A qualification in system support can lead to careers including programming, technical support officer, and project management. Derby Road Derby Road Derby Road Derby Road Derby Road HIGHLIGHTS HND Computing and Systems Development students won £500 for their web design skills for Lancashire-based marketing firm – MIMS Marketing.

Hannah Concannon and Jessica Parsons successfully rebranded the firm’s webpage.

27 28

Christine Gregoire 94% Pass rate 482 students within this area of study of students felt they had developed skills for employment 97% HOW OUR STUDENTS PROGRESS... 68% Further study 30% Employ ment 2% Other ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Key information Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses. For all of the courses listed in this section you will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

For many courses you will also need to demonstrate a standard of literacy and/or numeracy appropriate to the level of study; this is an important requirement as it may affect your chances of being able to successfully complete the course.This will be discussed with you at interview. ABOUT YOUR COURSE - Key information English and maths at GCSE are essential qualifications for Further and Higher Education and employment. Students who do not hold an A*-C in these subjects will be expected to continue to study towards them as part of their course.

Assessment is a key part of your course.You may be required to create a portfolio; take part in workshops; work on team and/or individual projects; write coursework and case studies; and take written, verbal and practical tests to ensure you are developing your skills and knowledge at the right pace.

COURSE PROGRESSION ROUTE ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Professional Construction Studies ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Bricklaying ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Carpentry and Joinery ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Electrical ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Painting and Decorating ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Plastering ENTRY LEVEL LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 UNI LEVEL Plumbing 29 30

Bricklaying Construction Diploma ENTRY 1 2 3 Bricklaying Construction Diploma BRICKLAYING Bricklaying Construction Diploma Bricklaying Construction Diploma CARPENTRY AND JOINERY ENTRY 1 Carpentry and Joinery Construction Diploma Carpentry and Joinery Construction Diploma Carpentry and Joinery Construction Diploma 2 3 Carpentry and Joinery Construction Diploma ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Initial assessment u Aptitude test COURSE OVERVIEW u A course designed for those who didn’t achieve the necessary GCSEs for Level 1. u Units cover blocklaying and bricklaying, basic cavity walling, building methods and construction technology.

u Develop your skills in purpose-built facilities at our Station Park campus.

u Learn from tutors with industry experience. WHERE NEXT? u Level 1 Construction Diploma APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/811 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Four GCSEs at grade A*-D (including maths and English or the equivalent) u Initial assessment u Aptitude test COURSE OVERVIEW u A practical course designed to develop the skills and job- related knowledge required for a career in brickwork. u Cover a range of units in building methods and construction technology; from blocklaying and bricklaying, to basic cavity walling. u Learn in purpose-built facilities.

WHERE NEXT? u Level 2 Construction Diploma APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/676 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Trade experience u Relevant foundation construction award or: u Level 1 Bricklaying Construction Diploma COURSE OVERVIEW u Ideal for those who aren’t currently working as a bricklayer, but wish to in the future.

u This course acts as a route towards gaining a full NVQ at Level 2, but without the required work experience. u Study safe working practices, masonry, walling techniques and interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures.

WHERE NEXT? u Level 3 Construction Diploma (after gaining employment) u Upgrade to the NVQ Level 2 with additional work-based evidence APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/677 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Successful completion of Level 2 Bricklaying Construction Diploma or: u A relevant NVQ qualification COURSE OVERVIEW u Undertake a variety of complex activities to develop job-related skills and knowledge for a professional career in bricklaying. u Learn trade tips and techniques from experts with professional industry experience. u Study units which include safety in the workplace, masonry techniques, walling, and interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures.

WHERE NEXT? u University-level qualification in a related subject APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/738 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Initial assessment u Aptitude test COURSE OVERVIEW u An introductory course covering practical and job- related knowledge for a career in carpentry or joinery. u Study units including safe working practices, building methods and construction technology, and forming basic woodworking joints. u Learn how to effectively use the tools of the trade, including portable power tools. WHERE NEXT? u Level 1 Construction Diploma APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/815 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Initial assessment u Aptitude test u Four GCSEs at grade A*-D, which must include maths and English or equivalent COURSE OVERVIEW u This basic introductory course covers practical and job-related knowledge for a career in carpentry/joinery.

u You’ll achieve a nationally- recognised qualification to help you progress onto higher-level courses or employment.

u Study a variety of units from safe working practices, to methods and construction technology. u Use the latest equipment, techniques and tools and learn in modern purpose- built facilities. WHERE NEXT? u Level 2 Construction Diploma APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/287 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Trade experience u A relevant foundation construction award or: u Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery Construction Diploma COURSE OVERVIEW u A course designed specifically for those who aren’t currently working as a carpenter or joiner but would like to in the future. u This course provides a route towards gaining a full NVQ at Level 2, but without the required work experience.

u Choose from either site carpentry or bench joinery. u Gain practical skills in circular rip saw maintenance and repair, and storing materials and equipment. WHERE NEXT?

u Level 3 Construction Diploma (normally after gaining relevant employment) u Upgrade to the NVQ Level 2 with work-based evidence APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/285 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Successful completion of the Level 2 Construction Diploma or: u Related NVQ Level 2 qualification COURSE OVERVIEW u A course for those wishing to pursue a professional career in carpentry and joinery. u Undertake a broad range of complex activities to develop job-related skills and knowledge. u Study installing first and second fixing components, erecting complex structural carcass components (floors and roofs) and using transportable machinery.

u Learn under the guidance of qualified tutors with industry experience.

WHERE NEXT? u University-level qualification in a related subject APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/739 BRICKLAYING With a growing demand for new homes and a constant need to maintain older ones, a career in bricklaying can provide you with a solid future. Bricklaying courses can lead to a range of jobs in this area, whether you choose to work for a small family firm or large global organisation.With the right qualification and experience behind you, you could even progress to site manager, and become the gaffer! CARPENTRY AND JOINERY If you take pride in your work, and have a keen eye for detail, a career in carpentry and joinery could be for you.

Considered to be one of the most creative of the construction trades, you’ll learn traditional techniques using modern equipment.Your skills will be in high demand, and could potentially take you all over the world. You could even start your own business and become self-employed once you’ve qualified and gained the right experience. Station Park Station Park Station Park Station Park Station Park Station Park Station Park Station Park HIGHLIGHTS Students achieved the best-ever results in the regional heats of SkillBuild 2014. Eight out of 14 students achieved top three positions in their respective categories.

31 32

PLUMBING If you’re a practical learner who is good with your hands, and enjoys problem solving; consider a career in plumbing. As a qualified plumber,you’ll be equipped with specialist skills and knowledge which will be highly sought-after in the building sector. A plumbing qualification will give you the opportunity to work with both small and large businesses,and could lead to self-employment with the right experience. ELECTRICAL A career as an electrician could be a bright one. Most, if not all, homes and businesses use electricity as a daily commodity.When things go wrong, they need putting right quickly and safely.

If you’re a practical worker, who can think on their feet, and able to problem-solve in order to get the job done then a career in this field could be for you.You’ll have the potential to take your skills across the globe, and even become self-employed with the right qualifications and experience under your belt.

ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING 1 2 3 Diploma in Electrical Services Electrical Installation Electrical Installation 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies 3 Diploma in Plumbing Studies ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u A minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or above (including maths and English) u Aptitude test u Free writing exercise COURSE OVERVIEW u A beginner’s course designed for people passionate about entering the electrical industry, who are not yet ready to study a Level 2 qualification. u Learn in purpose-built facilities at our Station Park campus under the guidance of qualified technicians and tutors.

u Study theoretical and practical modules including electric installation, wiring and terminations, electrical science and technology, and environmental sustainability.

WHERE NEXT? u Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/913 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Aptitude test u A minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or above (including maths and English) The level of course you start on will be determined by the result of the aptitude test and interview. COURSE OVERVIEW u Learn in Station Park’s simulated work environment in preparation for a career as an electrician.

u Study safe working practices, technology and installation, and building structures as part of the course. u You’ll have the opportunity to take part in entrepreneurial projects to showcase your skills. WHERE NEXT? u Level 3 in Electrical Installation or into employment as an apprentice APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/283 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Level 2 Electrical Installation u Aptitude test u A minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or above (including maths and English) Experience and the results of your test/interview will determine the level of course you start on.

COURSE OVERVIEW u An advanced course to best prepare you for work as an electrician.

u Further study of safe working practices, technology and installation, and building structures. u You’ll have the opportunity to take part in regional and national skills competitions. u Develop advanced practical skills that will enable you to become a qualified electrician. WHERE NEXT? u Employment as an electrician. u University-level qualifications in a related area APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/826 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Minimum of grade C in GCSE maths and English. u Aptitude test The results of your aptitude test/interview will determine what level you start at. COURSE OVERVIEW u Develop your practical and industry skills in preparation for a career in plumbing.

u Undertake a range of specialist plumbing units as part of this course. u Study theoretical and practical modules including working safely, technology, installation and building structures.

WHERE NEXT? u Level 3 Certificate in Plumbing u Employment as an apprentice APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/828 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u Level 2 Certificate in Plumbing u Aptitude test The results of your aptitude test/interview will determine your entry to Level 3. COURSE OVERVIEW u An advanced course to enhance your practical and industry skills, which can lead onto employment as a plumber. u Study modules including working safely, technology and installation, and building structures. u Train using industry-standard facilities to equip you with the latest knowledge needed to complete in this industry.

WHERE NEXT?

u Employment as a plumber u University-level qualifications in a related area APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/829 Station Park Station Park Station Park Diploma in Plumbing Studies 1 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS u A minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or above (including maths and English) u Free writing exercise COURSE OVERVIEW u A beginner’s course aimed at those who wish to enter the plumbing industry, but who are not yet ready to study a Level 2 qualification. u Develop practical industry skills in preparation for progression onto the Level 2 certificate.

u Train under the guidance of professionals with industry experience.

u Study a range of modules relating to plumbing, from plumbing science to installation, maintenance and repair. WHERE NEXT? u Level 2 Certificate in Plumbing APPLY ONLINE www.wnc.ac.uk/c/795 Station Park Station Park Station Park "The training I have received has been fantastic for my goals. The tutors have treated me with respect and helped me throughout the year." /visionwestnotts 33 34