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1 VOCATIONAL COURSES Our vocational courses are suited to students who are interested in working in a specific field of work or who want to follow a particular career, either after college or after further study at university. They also equip you with a broad range of knowledge and skills that will be relevant to a wide variety of careers and industries. These courses involve more practical learning and they are assessed on course work rather than exams. 52 "Students have access to a particularly broad range of courses within an extensive curriculum that meets their needs and interests and those of employers very well." Ofsted, October 2014.

2 VOCATIONAL COURSES Why study a vocational course at Strode? Outstanding Ofsted 2014 We are the only Ofsted 'Outstanding' sixth form in South Somerset and Mendip. Outstanding teaching and support is the focus of everything we do; it is how we make sure that all of our students progress, reach their full potential and go on to succeed after college. Ofsted's 'Outstanding' grade reflects the outstanding and positive difference that we make to our students' education and lives. We value individuals We make sure that all of our students achieve their potential. We will get to know you, monitor your progress and support you with your work, well-being and future plans. Results matter This year our advanced level vocational students achieved a 99% pass rate. 53% achieved a Triple Distinction or higher (equivalent to three grade As at A Level) and 34% achieved the top grade of Triple Star Distinction (equivalent to three A* at A Level). We are proud that our students consistently gain results above the national average. We are prouder still that, regardless of their starting point, they thrive with us and achieve beyond expectations. Raising aspirations and achievements The January 2015 League Tables show that Advanced level vocational students progress more at Strode than at any other college in Somerset. We are in the top 3% of all state schools and colleges nationally for improving students advanced level grades compared to their predicted grades following GCSEs (ALPS ). Achieving your ambitions Our advanced Level 3 Extended Diplomas can lead onto university courses and they will give you a great head start in your chosen career. Our Level 2 Diplomas and NVQs in hair and beauty can lead directly into employment or prepare you for more advanced study. Our advanced level students are 16% more likely to get a place at university than the national average including top universities, with one in three gaining places at Russell Group universities. Most students gain their first choice of university. Many others progress into employment, self employment and Apprenticeships, in a diverse range of occupations often linked to their vocational course. See 'Achieving your ambitions' pages Widest choice of courses With over 30 vocational courses on offer and a wide range of Apprenticeships, you will be able to find the right course to suit your needs. You may be able to combine a Level 3 Extended Diploma with an A Level. Specialist teachers and opportunities We provide specialist education for year olds. Our teachers are subject specialists; many have worked and continue to practice in the area they teach. We have more year old students than school sixth forms, so we can provide more educational and enrichment opportunities such as trips, specialist facilities and extra curricular activities. 53

3 Vocational subject index Art and Design Art and Design - Level 3 Extended Diploma 58 Art and Design - Level 2 59 Art and Design - Foundation Studies Pre-Degree Diploma 60 Business Business - Level 3 Extended Diploma 62 Business - Level 2 63 Child, Health and Social Care Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) - Level 3 Diploma 65 Children's Care, Learning and Development - Level 2 66 Health and Social Care - Level 3 Extended Diploma 67 Health and Social Care - Level 2 68 Engineering Engineering - Level 3 Extended Diploma 70 Engineering - Level 2 71 Hair and Beauty Beauty Therapy - Level 2 NVQ Diploma 74 Beauty Therapy - Level 3 NVQ Diploma 75 Complementary Therapies - Level 3 Diploma 76 Womens Hairdressing - Level 2 Diploma 77 Womens Hairdressing - Level 3 Diploma 78 Barbering - Level 2 Diploma 79 Hospitality Hospitality - Level 3 Extended Diploma 81 Hospitality - Level 2 82 Information Technology (IT) IT - Level 3 Extended Diploma 84 IT - Computer Science - Level 2 85 Music Music - Level 3 Extended Diploma 87 Music - Level 2 88 Music Production - Level 3 Extended Diploma 89 Performing Arts and Media Performing Arts - Level 3 Extended Diploma 92 Performing Arts - Level 2 93 Broadcast Media - Level 3 Extended Diploma 94 Media - Level 2 95 Public Services Public Services (Uniformed) - Level 3 Extended Diploma 97 Public Services (Uniformed) - Level 2 98 Science Applied Science - Level 3 Extended Diploma 100 Sport Sport - Level 3 Extended Diploma 102 Sport - Level Foundation Learning Foundation Learning - Entry Level and Level Core Mathematics Develop your Maths skills beyond GCSE alongside your Extended Diploma without studying A Level Maths

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5 Art and Design Art and Design is a strong and vibrant area of study at Strode College. Our highly qualified staff and specialist studios and workshops enable students to develop a wide range of 2D and 3D practical skills. To support the computerised elements of art and design we have several AppleMac suites with specialist software, interactive whiteboards and essential peripherals. Photography students can work in traditional and digital mediums, and students can borrow specialist equipment such as digital video cameras to complete projects. Follow us at StrodeCollegeArtDepartment The highlight of the year is the End of Year Art, Design and Media Show where students work is on public display. The quality of work rivals that of specialist art colleges and many university level institutions. 56

6 VOCATIONAL COURSES Art, Design and Media End of Year Show An annual open event to showcase work by students 14 June - 17 June 2016 (9.30am pm) 57

7 Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma Course code DT3AR This two year course aims to provide a stimulating environment within which you can experience a wide range of arts and discover and develop your creative potential towards an area of study appropriate to your individual strengths. This course is suitable for students with a strong interest in Art and Design who wish to work in the industry and/or go onto higher education. Disciplines studied include art history, ceramics, drawing and painting, graphics, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textiles. You will have open access to specialist workshops and an open studio environment in the second year. There are a range of trips to galleries and museums including day trips to London and Bristol galleries and a five day overseas visit in year two. At the end of the course you will exhibit your work at our End of Year Arts Show, which is open to the public. Formal assessment is carried out at regular intervals. Students are encouraged to become involved in regular critiques. At the end of the course students complete units and are required to mount an exhibition of their work. "There is a friendly atmosphere here and the facilities are amazing; having your own studio space is very useful. The staff are supportive and enthusiastic and the trips to exhibitions are very useful for gaining insight into exhibiting artists. This course promotes creativity, imagination and practical skills; it s fun and exciting and great if you like being creative and hands-on." SAM COPSEY Former school: Huish Episcopi Academy Sam studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design. He is taking a gap year before studying Fine Arts at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Students progress to a range of higher level qualifications such as the Higher National Diploma or BA Degree courses in Art and Design, or related employment. Past students have progressed to degree courses including Fine Art at Goldsmiths University and the University of the Arts, London; Sculpture Fine Art at Winchester University; Painting at Bristol University; Interior Design at the University of Exeter; Advertising Design at the University of South Wales; and Illustration at Bournemouth University. Students have progressed to a range of careers including international marketing at Clarks Shoes, interior design, graphic design and design and manufacture of children s clothing. 5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma at merit or distinction plus a GCSE A* - C, including GCSE Grade C or above in Art & Design, English and Maths. A good portfolio of work at interview. An art box and materials which can be purchased at the College Shop. A portable hard drive to store and backup digital works. Follow us at StrodeCollegeArtDepartment 58

8 VOCATIONAL COURSES "There are excellent facilities at Strode and there's a lot of choice such as the darkroom, Mac computers and screen printing. I like how Strode is a lot more grown up and different from school. The students and teachers are very friendly and I have made a lot of friends on the course." Art and Design Level 2 Course code DD2AD This one year course is designed to give a grounding in 2D and 3D art disciplines. You will explore art history, drawing and painting, graphics, photography, sculpture and textiles against set themes. Trips to relevant exhibitions are arranged, usually to Oxford, Bristol and London. At the end of the course you will exhibit your work at our End of Year Arts Show, which is open to the public. Assessment is continual throughout the course. MEGAN CADWALADR Former school: King Arthur s Community School Megan studied the Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design and has progressed to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design. 5 GCSE grades D or above including GCSE Art and Design or a portfolio of artwork is required. An art box and materials which can be purchased at the College Shop. A portable hard drive to store and backup digital works. Follow us at StrodeCollegeArtDepartment Successful completion of this course could lead to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or other Level 3 Diplomas in the field of graphics and media. You could then go on to specialist higher education courses or employment. Most of our Level 2 students progress to a level 3 qualification in Art and Design. Other students have progressed to Music, Business Studies and A levels, if their collective experience from school and college supports this option. 59

9 Art and Design Level 3 Pre-Degree Diploma in Foundation Studies Course code DD3AF This one year course is not suitable for Year 11 school leavers, but for committed students who have already completed an A Level programme, or who wish to build up a portfolio of work in preparation for a specialist degree or HND in Art and Design. The main aim is to provide a stimulating environment for you to discover and develop your creative potential towards an appropriate area of study. The course is delivered in three distinct stages. The Exploratory Stage encourages exploration of the potential and limitations of a variety of media and materials. There is a strong emphasis in developing skills in observing and recording, in particular you will learn to recognise the importance and functions of drawing. Regular life-drawing sessions are important at this stage. The Pathway Stage encourages you to bring together skills in working with media and techniques, your ability to select research methods and processes and to apply your understanding of the creative process to set assignment briefs. You will be encouraged to develop your critical understanding of contemporary, historical and related contexts. The Confirmatory Stage consists of a final major project and end of year show. Here you will move towards specialisation in one of the main areas of study, including fine art, ceramics, graphic design, textiles, printmaking, sculpture and lens based media. I chose to study at Strode because it has a more adult environment than school sixth form and I was impressed by the course. I love how friendly the teachers are and the atmosphere is very inviting. Teachers are inspiring and they go out of their way to help improve your education. On the Art Foundation there is no shortage of inspiration and it s a fabulous chance to experiment. You get the chance to try out all the classes available: print, photography, ceramics, sculpture, etc. The open workspaces give us the freedom to interact with other students. FRANCES EYRE Former school: The Blue School Frances studied Art Foundation Studies after completing A level Art and Design, Photography and Geology. She also played hockey and sang in the College Choir. Frances is now studying Marine and Natural History Photography at Falmouth University. You will have access to an open studio space and specialist workshops. There will be an overseas study trip to New York or a European city. Other visits to London, Bristol, Oxford are organised where appropriate. Follow the Foundation course blog at: At the end of the course you will exhibit your work at our End of Year Arts Show, which is open to the public. Formal assessment is carried out at regular intervals. At the end of the course students will mount an exhibition of work. This course has been designed to help you to make an informed decision about your future in art and design; you will be encouraged to continue your studies at degree level. Former students have gained places at specialist arts schools and universities including: Slade School of Art; Central St Martins, University of the Arts London; and the universities of Falmouth, Bristol, Nottingham Trent, Birmingham and Sheffield. You will normally have completed an A Level in an Art and Design related subject at grade C or higher, and have achieved a further 5 GCSE passes at Grade A* - C, including Maths and English Language. You will need to provide evidence of quality sketchbooks or project files at interview. An art box and materials which can be purchased at the College Shop. A portable hard drive to store and backup digital works. 60

10 Business Our business courses will give you the skills and knowledge to set you on the path to owning your own business or to becoming a successful business professional either after college or after higher study at university. You will experience a wide range of topics as we introduce you to the different areas of business specialism and the variety of career roles available. Links with local business will bring a realism to your learning that will prepare you for your future business career. 61

11 Business Level 3 Extended Diploma Course code BT3BU What will you do on the course? Over the two years of this course you will explore a wide range of issues relevant to business, through both practical exercises and theoretical subjects. The course encourages development of valuable transferable skills such as team working, communication and lateral thinking. You will study 18 units over two years, these may include: Business Resources; Marketing/Relationship Marketing; Aspects of Civil and Criminal Liability for Business; Recruitment and Selection; Career Development Planning; Business and Economic Environment; Web-site Design; Understanding Retail; Starting a Small Business; Business Environment; Managing a Business Event, Business Communications and Business Ethics. The nature of the course requires some off campus visits; these may be visits to businesses (including a residential), business awareness and enterprise events. You will also undertake a work placement. The course will be a combination of internal and external assessment and will include assignments, projects, case studies, presentations and teamwork. Pearson Exam Board. I heard good reviews about Strode College from friends and previous students and the teachers have all been very helpful and supportive, more so than I ever expected. I chose to study the Business Extended Diploma because I enjoyed AS Business and have always wanted to apply my knowledge to the hospitality industry." JESSICA WHETSTONE-ROADLEY Former school: Ansford Academy Jessica studied Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and she is now working as an Hospitality apprentice at The George Hotel and Restaurant, Castle Cary. Students can progress to higher education and/or a career in business or a related field such as marketing, finance, project management or human resources. The course provides an ideal route from which to progress to a degree in a business discipline. Recent student destinations include: Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, Business and Management at University of Exeter, Information Management for Business at University College London, working for Lloyds Bank and working for Clarks International. 5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma at pass, merit or distinction plus a GCSE A* - C. It is essential to have English Language at Grade C and desirable to have Maths at Grade C or above. A memory stick. 62

12 VOCATIONAL COURSES I really enjoy studying at Strode; all the teachers are kind and helpful. Business is very interesting; I have learnt a lot that will help me in the future. OLLIE MILLWARD Former school: Whitstone School Ollie studied the Level 2 Business course and is now studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business. He is planning to study Business, Accounting or Marketing at university when he completes his course. Business Level 2 Course code BD2BU On this one year course you will gain a good understanding of industry and its standards and you will learn to be effective in the workplace. You will also prepare for the demands of further study. You will complete a range of units and topics, such as: Enterprise in a Business World, Finance for Business, Promoting a Brand, Principles of Marketing, Introducing Project Management, Business Online, Delivering and Improving Customer Service, Effective Business Communication and Work Experience in Business. Each of the units is studied through visits, case studies, taught classes and group activities. You will have the opportunity to develop the communication, organisational, team work and IT skills valuable to employers. Most units are internally assessed through continuous assessment of assignments, projects and portfolios. Two units will be externally assessed via a short exam. You will also be assessed in Functional Skills. Pearson Exam Board. This course naturally leads on to our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business or any other Level 3 courses that are appropriate. You will be expected to progress to further study, an Apprenticeship or a junior position in industry. 5 GCSE grades E or above or equivalent, such as NVQ Level 1 plus a GCSE grade E or above in English Language. A memory stick. To help bring theory into practice there will be opportunities to visit and study various businesses and we will arrange guest speakers and business enterprise activities. You will also complete work experience at a local business to develop your skills and knowledge further. 63

13 Child, Health and Social Care We have highly experienced and vocationally qualified teachers including nurses, childcare practitioners, social workers and primary school teachers. They have high expectations of students and will help you to achieve your goals. We offer courses at all levels across all disciplines so that you can progress from one level to another, enter employment or gain a place at university to study at a higher level. 64

14 VOCATIONAL COURSES Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) Level 3 Diploma Course code BD3CD This is a two year course providing in-depth training for those who wish to qualify as an Early Years Educator. Units include: Child Development; Play and Learning; Safeguarding in Early Years; Supporting Children's Literacy and Numeracy Development. The course involves two days a week practical work experience throughout the course in a variety of settings such as schools and nurseries, plus at least three block weeks each year. You will complete a range of nationally set assignments and there will be an externally marked test paper. You will be assessed on your practical competence whilst in placement. You are also required to achieve a minimum 90% attendance for each unit of the course. Pearson Exam Board. Like many former students, you could progress to a higher education degree in Childhood Studies; study for a career in primary school teaching, early years or social work; study related fields such as Sociology and Psychology; or for a Foundation Degree. Many other students go straight into employment in day nurseries, infant or special schools, private homes as nannies, or child care in the travel industry. With further experience you can move into a career in social services or the health services. 5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent including English Language and Maths. You will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This report is a government requirement for all people working with children, vulnerable adults and young people including on work experience. You will need to fill in a form and provide original identification to confirm who you are and where you live. Assistance will be given with this, once you are in college. The teaching is excellent at Strode. They recognised my dyslexia and gave me the support that I needed. Everyone is friendly, kind and respectful and I have a great circle of friends. The bus facilities are also excellent - I catch a bus from my village straight to college and back every day. This course is a great stepping stone for going on to university. I have learnt theoretical knowledge and practical work skills through my placement at a nursery. ALEC ARMSTRONG Former school: Shapwick School Alec studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Childcare and he is now studying Early Years Education at Bath Spa University. Clothing for work placement - blue/black tailored trousers, flat black shoes and a Strode College polo shirt and/or sweatshirt. 65

15 "I heard amazing things about Strode College and was blown away when I came to the College Experience Day. I love that we have plenty of opportunities to access resources to help with assignments. I made friends really easily and the teachers are very supportive. I really enjoy my course as I find it very interesting and fun to learn." Children's Care, Learning and Development Level 2 Course code BD2CD This one year course provides initial training for those wishing to work with children and young people and provides a potential stepping stone to level 3 qualifications. Areas of study include: working with children and young people, Functional Skills (GCSE Maths and English Language for those with a D grade), personal and professional development and work experience in relevant settings The course involves compulsory practical work experience for at least one day a week throughout the academic year. Settings include primary schools and day nurseries. You will be assessed through a variety of assignment work and external tests. You will also be assessed on your practical competence through work placement experience. You are also required to maintain a minimum 90% attendance for all parts of the course. Pearson Exam Board. GEORGIA FREDRICKS-WHITE Former school: Whitstone School Georgia studied the Level 2 Diploma in Childcare and has progressed to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Childcare. She plans to study Educational Studies at Bath Spa University to become a teacher. Our students normally progress on to a higher level course, either: the Level 3 Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development or the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. 5 GCSE grades E or above or equivalent, such as NVQ Level 1 plus a GCSE grade E or above. In terms of securing the best possible progression to a Level 3 course, a minimum of grade D is essential in GCSE English Language. The importance of this will be discussed with you at interview. You will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This report is a government requirement for all people working with children, vulnerable adults and young people including on work experience. You will need to fill in a form and provide original identification to confirm who you are and where you live. Assistance will be given with this, once you are in college. Clothing for work placement - blue/black tailored trousers, flat black shoes, and a Strode College polo shirt and/or sweatshirt. 66

16 VOCATIONAL COURSES Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma Course code CT3HC This two year course provides an in-depth programme of study and training for those interested in a career in the health services or social care field. It provides the theory and experience, related to current practice, which will be invaluable for going into higher education or employment. You will also get opportunities to develop effective communication and supportive skills which are vital in this field. There are specialist units that enhance the generic health and social care subjects, such as mental health issues, psychology and health promotion. Study units include: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health & Social Care; Developing Effective Communication in Health & Social Care; Caring for Children & Young People; Sociological Perspectives for Health & Social Care; Vocational Practice; Nutrition for Health & Social Care; Psychological Perspectives for Health & Social Care; Personal and Professional Development; Development through the Life Stages; Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology and other specialist units. You will undertake one day a week work experience in a range of relevant health and care settings throughout the course. A combination of two controlled assessments and one exam, internally marked assignments, working practice and professional development. Pearson Exam Board. You can progress to university level courses to study social work, teaching, care management, nursing or other care related degrees. Alternatively, you may progress directly into employment in a range of health services and care sectors. Former students have progressed onto higher education to study degrees in nursing, teaching, social work, midwifery, psychology, criminology an occupational therapy. 5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent including English Language and Maths. You will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This report is a government requirement for all people working with children, vulnerable adults and young people including on work experience. You will need to fill in a form and provide original identification to confirm who you are and where you live. Assistance will be given with this, once you are in college. I was studying at another college nearer to home but decided to move to Strode because of the friendly, positive atmosphere and feel of the college. I look forward to coming in to college. I enjoy studying this course; the teachers are really supportive and approachable and I thoroughly enjoy the work placement once a week. I have learnt so much and I have a good insight into nursing. LEAH SCHROETER Former school: The Gryphon School Leah studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Heath and Social Care. She is now studying Adult Nursing at Bournemouth University. A Strode College polo shirt for work placement. 67

17 Health and Social Care Level 2 Course code BD2HC This one year course provides the opportunity to study subjects that relate to the field of care, for example the rights, roles and responsibilities of a carer and how to communicate effectively in health or social care settings. You will need to have a keen interest in care and want to study and develop the relevant skills for this vocational area. Areas of study will include: Communication in Health and Social Care; Individual Rights and Needs; Healthy Living, Promoting Health and Well Being. Functional Skills Maths and English or GCSE Maths and English Language will be studied for those with a D grade in these subjects. You will undertake at least one block week placement and may go on to do one day a week throughout the duration of the course in a relevant health, care or educational setting. Assignments will be internally and externally assessed and will include two online controlled assessments. Pearson Exam Board. There is a high standard of teaching at Strode and a safe and supportive learning environment. Teachers show respect to their students, always support them with their needs and give feedback which helps you to reach your full potential. The hard work is combined with a friendly atmosphere. I chose this course because it will help me to progress in nursing; there are great opportunities to develop your abilities and skills. SEBASTIAN BUBLETE Former school: King Arthur's Community School Sabastian studied the Level 2 Health and Social Care course and he is continuing his studies on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Strode. This course could lead to studying at a higher level such as A Level Health and Social Care, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education or an NVQ Level 3 course. Alternatively, you could go directly into employment in a care setting. 5 GCSE grades E or above or equivalent, such as NVQ Level 1 plus a GCSE grade E or above. In terms of securing the best possible progression to a Level 3 course, a minimum of grade D is essential in GCSE English Language. The importance of this will be discussed with you at interview. You will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This report is a government requirement for all people working with children, vulnerable adults and young people including on work experience. You will need to fill in a form and provide original identification to confirm who you are and where you live. Assistance will be given with this, once you are in college. A Strode College polo shirt for work placement. 68

18 Engineering Our engineering courses are taught in newly refurbished facilities using high specification equipment with experienced and qualified teaching staff and technicians. Using up-to-date interactive learning materials and hands-on activities, you will experience engineering from a variety of perspectives, such as design, machining and electronics, giving you every opportunity to gain a broad base of engineering skills to use in a variety of industries. 69

19 I always wanted to study engineering. The course at Strode is well-structured and all the teachers provide good support to students. I am currently working on a project to build an electric vehicle - this has tested my practical skills and theory which I have enjoyed. There are many enrichment activities to choose from at college which are easy to join and welcoming." Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma Course code BT3EN This two year course provides a valuable insight into engineering for students intending to pursue a wide range of careers. This qualification, which is equivalent to three A Levels, is a long standing route into work as a technician and qualifies students for progression to university. It is also a natural progression for students who have completed GCSEs and wish to pursue a career in technology and engineering. On this course you will design, make and test engineering products. You will examine existing engineering products and investigate the role of the engineer in their design or manufacture. You will also study the science and maths which underpin engineering. Additional machining and assembly units are studied in order to develop practical workshop skills more fully. We have excellent engineering resources to accommodate the practical aspects of the course and you will also have the opportunity to be trained in industry. You will also have opportunities for residential visits to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva and to Berlin, as well as day visits to engineering related organisations. THOMAS HENDERSON Former school: Ansford Academy Thomas studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering and he is now studying Civil Engineering at Cardiff University. On this course you are assessed continually and must submit a portfolio of assignments for each unit. Many assignments are of a practical nature and project work is encouraged. This course is equivalent to three A levels; it will give you a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. Successful completion of the qualification will equip you well to move onto degrees, HNDs or NVQs and /or Higher Apprenticeship. Past students have progressed into employment, advanced apprenticeships or into engineering positions in the armed forces. Students can also progress to the unique HND in Engineering at Strode College. 5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma at merit or higher plus a GCSE A* - C. You are required to have achieved grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Maths. A scientific calculator (Casio fx-83 or fx-85), overalls and safety footwear. 70

20 VOCATIONAL COURSES Engineering Level 2 Course code BD2EN This one year course will introduce you to the various aspects of modern engineering. It covers lots of areas, built on the four pillars of CAD, electronics and engineering. You will also develop skills in maths, working safety and communications. Additional fabrication and assembly units are studied to develop practical workshop skills more fully. We have excellent engineering resources to accommodate the practical aspects of the course to include industrial standard software such as AutoCad and 3D printer. On this course you are assessed continually and must submit a portfolio of assignments for each unit. Many assignments are of a practical nature. At the end of the year you will have started a journey into the world of engineering and the employment possibilities this opens up to you. Most students progress from this course onto Apprenticeships or the Level 3 Extended Diploma and then onto employment or university. 5 GCSE grades E or above or equivalent, such as NVQ Level 1 plus a GCSE grade E or above, including Maths and English Language. Students who have achieved a Level 1 qualification such as Performing Engineering Operations must also have Maths and English Language at E or above. A scientific calculator (Casio fx-83 or fx-85), overalls and safety footwear. "All the staff at Strode are friendly and the college is a very calm place, which helps while studying. I want a career in engineering and this course will help me achieve that. I have enjoyed everything I have done at Strode. GEORGE CARTER Former school: The Gryphon School George studied the Level 2 Engineering course and has now progressed to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. 71

21 Hair, Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapies Our hair and beauty salons and our complementary therapy and nail studios provide students with opportunities to develop and practise their skills in an industry approved commercial environment. We have fantastic facilities at our main salon in Street and at our Bridgwater training salon which was refurbished in All Hairdressing and Beauty students start on a Level 2 course before progressing to one of our Level 3 courses. We have experienced and qualified teaching staff and you will gain valuable work experience. Our students get great jobs with excellent prospects or they can move on to further study at university. 72

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23 Beauty Therapy Level 2 NVQ Diploma Course code BD2BS On this one year course you will learn all the basic services required to work as a therapist in the beauty industry. During the course you will study: Health & Safety; Promote Additional Products and Services; Develop and Maintain your Effectiveness at Work; Salon Reception Duties; Provide Facial Skin Care Treatments; Enhance the Appearance of Eyebrows and Eyelashes; Carry out Waxing Services; Provide Manicure Services; Provide Pedicure Services; Provide Make-up Services. Additional training and qualifications will give you a real advantage in the workplace and broader product knowledge. You will have the opportunity to achieve certificates in Dermalogica, Jane Iredale Mineral Basics Make-up, Caflon earpiercing training, and have an opportunity to take part in further training with a professional make up artist. All training is carried out in a fully commercial salon environment. One week of work experience in industry is also a course requirement and you will work with paying clients in our Beauty Salon in a supported and supervised arrangement. You will have the opportunity to show off your skills during the annual End of Year Showcase. A variety of industry related trips are arranged including The Clothes Show Live and residential trips to Paris or London. New for you may have the opportunity to take part in our French Exchange programme with Lycée Professionnel - Agen. On the Strode College Experience Day I enjoyed the friendly and inviting atmosphere of the college and felt that the course was the most exciting, compared to options elsewhere. I am passionate about Beauty Therapy. I enjoy learning the theory and I particularly like the practical elements. The teachers are very supportive and help you thrive in many ways; they have given me many opportunities to increase my knowledge. OLIVIA NELSON Former school: Crispin School Olivia studied the Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy and she is now studying the Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy. A variety of assessment methods are used including observations, written tests, assignments and completion of a portfolio. City & Guilds Exam Board. You can progress to study the City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy or Complementary Therapies Level 3 Diploma. You could then possibly study Salon Business Management at university or gain employment in beauty salons, health clubs, cruise liners, spas, product retailing and self employment as freelance therapists. Former students have gone on to study the Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Apprenticeships. The Bannatyne Spa at Charlton House Spa Hotel has recruited a number of our beauty therapy students and praised the high standards of training at Strode. 5 GCSE grades A* to D or equivalent, such as NVQ Level 1 plus a GCSE grade E or above. It would be beneficial for students to have gained Science and English Language GCSE. Essential beauty kit approx 100 and professional uniform 53. Follow us at strodelevel2beauty 74

24 VOCATIONAL COURSES Beauty Therapy Level 3 NVQ Diploma Course code BD3BS On this one year course you will cover the relevant theory and practical treatments used in the beauty industry. You will find this course suitable if you have already qualified as a Beauty Therapist at Level 2. You will attend college three to four days each week and will have one full week of work experience. Areas of study are: Financial Effectiveness of Business; Facial & Body Electrical Treatments; Electrical Epilation (permanent hair removal); Massage using Pre Blended Aromatherapy Oils; Body Massage; Monitor Safe Work Operations; Plan and Implement Promotional Activities. Additional training and qualifications will give you a real advantage in the workplace and broader product knowledge. You will have the opportunity to achieve Fake Bake Lotion and Spray Certificates, Lash Perfect Individual Lash Certificate, Dermalogica Level 3 Certificate and Jane Iredale Advanced Techniques Certificate. All training is carried out in a fully commercial salon environment. Work experience is an essential part of the course and you will work with paying clients in our Beauty Salon in a supported and supervised arrangement. You will have the opportunity to show off your skills during the annual End of Year Showcase. Various industry related trips are arranged such as The Clothes Show Live and residential trips to Paris or London. New for you may have the opportunity to take part in our French Exchange programme with Lycée Professionnel - Agen. The teaching at Strode is very good and the college has great beauty facilities and resources. I love doing all the beauty treatments and seeing clients leave feeling refreshed and happy. The course trips give you knowledge of what the beauty industry is like; I particularly enjoyed the Iceland Blue Lagoon spa trip. EMMA POLLARD Former school: Huish Episcopi Academy Emma studied the Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy. She is taking a gap year to work as a freelance beauty therapist and to do voluntary work abroad before studying sports massage at university. A variety of assessment methods are used including observations, written tests, assignments, oral questions and completion of a log book. City & Guilds Exam Board. You could progress into working in management, salons, cruise liners, health spas, airlines, self employment or study at university. Many students have progressed into employment or selfemployment in salons and spas locally, nationally and internationally, including Steiner cruise ships and Chalet Marco Polo in Val d'isere. The Bannatyne Spa at Charlton House Spa Hotel has recruited a number of our beauty therapy students and praised the high standards of training at Strode. You must have passed NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy or equivalent before progressing to the Level 3 course. Level 2 gives you an excellent foundation for extending your skills and knowledge. Essential epilation equipment will be provided by the college. 75

25 Complementary Therapies Level 3 Diploma Course code BD3CT This one year course leads to a recognised qualification in complementary therapies and is suitable for students who wish to work in a complementary therapy environment such as cruise ships, spas, health farms or self employment. You will study in-depth: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology; Aromatherapy; Reflexology; Body Massage; Principles and Practices for Complementary Therapy; Health, Safety and Hygiene; Reflective Practice; and Business Practise for the Complementary Therapist. Work experience will be arranged by you and your teacher towards the end of the year. This is a valuable and important part of the course and you will be encouraged to go to health spas and complementary clinics both locally and nationally. There will be guest speakers featuring topics such as alternative medicine to give you first hand industry experience. There will also be trips including The Clothes Show Live. You will visit local care homes to provide complementary therapies to residents with a variety of conditions and you will have opportunities to work with paying clients in our Beauty Salon in a supported and supervised arrangement. I really enjoy studying Complementary Therapies at Strode College. The teaching is very good and enjoyable, with support always offered and all the equipment needed is provided. I have always had an interest in massage." FRANKIE BOREALIS Former school: Stanchester Academy Frankie studied the Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies. She is now a self-employed therapist and is currently extending her skills by studying Indian Head Massage at Strode. You will be assessed through externally set written tests, practical observations over the year, extended assignment work and an extensive range of case studies over each of the three practical skills areas, many of which are required to be completed outside of college. You will also complete a reflective diary. VTCT Exam Board. Completion of this course could lead to employment in the complementary therapy field or progression onto higher education. Recent students have progressed into employment at local exclusive spas, self employment and higher education to study Sports Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Students must be 17 years old with 5 GCSEs grade A-C. This course is an ideal progression route from Beauty Therapy Level 2 or Level 3, Health and Social Care Level 3 or Complementary Therapies Level 2. Complementary Therapy kit including tunic

26 VOCATIONAL COURSES Womens Hairdressing Level 2 Diploma Course code BD2WH On this one year course you will learn all of the basic hairdressing skills and knowledge required to work as a junior stylist. You will study the following: working in the hair industry, providing consultation services, creative hair designs and promoting products and services, health and safety, shampooing and conditioning, cutting women s hair, colour and lighten hair, perming and the art of dressing hair. You will study in a commercial salon environment and, as you progress, you will have opportunities to work with paying clients in our Hair Salons in a supported and supervised arrangement. Various trips to national trade exhibitions and competitions are a feature on the course. New for you may have the opportunity to take part in our French Exchange programme with Lycée Professionnel - Agen. You will also have an opportunity to participate in our annual industry day and to attend talks and presentations from representatives from the hairdressing industry. You will have the opportunity to show off your skills during the annual End of Year Showcase. Each unit is assessed through graded observations of practical skills and on-line testing. Participation in internal and external arranged competitions is also a requirement. City & Guilds Exam Board. University and Career progression You can progress to study the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing. You could gain employment in a salon as a junior stylist, work in product retailing or become self employed as a freelance stylist. Former students have gone on to study the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing and Apprenticeships. 5 GCSEs grade D or above and/or NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing. "I chose this course because I find hairdressing interesting and I see my future in this industry. My teacher is very supportive and easy to approach. Strode College is a very welcoming place where I feel safe. It has a very friendly atmosphere and has given me opportunities that will help me later in life. HARRIOTT CROUCH Former school: Whitstone School Harriott gained the Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing and she is now studying the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing. She plans to open her own salon in the future. Hairdressing kit including uniform

27 Womens Hairdressing Level 3 Diploma Course code BD3WH This one year course is aimed at recently qualified Level 2 junior stylists. You will build and develop your skills in colouring, cutting, creative hair design and bridal styling. Students will study in a commercial salon and gain valuable experience of salon life with opportunities to work with paying clients in our Hair Salons in a supported and supervised arrangement. Trips and guest speakers are included in the programme and you will also have an opportunity to participate in our annual Industry Day and to attend talks and presentations from representatives from the hairdressing industry. New for you will have the opportunity to take part in our French Exchange programme with Lycée Professionnel - Agen. There will also be the opportunity to participate in internal and external competitions. You will have the opportunity to show off your skills during the annual End of Year Showcase. " I like the way I am taught, by doing practical and theory - everyone is very supportive. The atmosphere is great here, there s so much going on. I enjoy Level 3 Hairdressing because I can be creative, get to meet new people and go on educational trips. I ve made new friends on my course, and I've become more confident and I've enjoyed fundraising for charity." STACEY MARTIN Former school: Stanchester Academy Stacey first studied the Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing before achieving the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing. She is now continuing her studies at Strode on a Barbering course. Stacey was awarded 1st prize at the Strode Hair and Beauty Competition for her creation in the Colours category. Each unit is assessed through graded observations of practical skills and on-line testing. Participation in internal and external arranged competitions is also a requirement. City & Guilds Exam Board. You could pursue a career as a salon stylist, freelance hairdresser, cruise ship stylist, or work abroad or in the TV/film/ media industry. Former students have secured work in prestigious salons and gone on to be self employed. Successful completion of either NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing or the Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing is required before progressing to a Level 3 course. Level 2 gives you an excellent foundation for extending your skills and knowledge. You may be required to update your existing kit should any of your tools need to be replaced. 78

28 VOCATIONAL COURSES I love everything about my course and Strode, particularly the atmosphere. I am hoping to continue working in the salon as a Barber when I finish my apprenticeship, with a view to opening my own barber shop in the future. Barbering Level 2 Diploma Course code BD2BA During this one year course you will learn all of the basic barbering skills and knowledge required to work as a barber in a barber shop or hairdressing salon. You will study the following: working in the hair industry, health and safety, shampooing and conditioning, cutting and colouring men s hair including cutting facial hair, drying and styling, displaying stock, promoting products and provide consultation services. You will study in a commercial salon environment with opportunities to work with paying clients in a supported and supervised arrangement. You will have the opportunity to visit national trade exhibitions and trips and specialist guest speakers are also a feature on the course. Work experience will be an essential part of the course. You will have the opportunity to show off your skills during the annual End of Year Showcase. TODD KELLETT Former school: Chilton Cantelo School Todd studied a Level 2 Barbering Apprenticeship and is now continuing his studies on a Level 3 Barbering Apprenticeship. He combines work in a local barber shop with regular training at Strode College and plans to run his own barber shop in the future. You can progress to study the Level 3 Barbering Apprenticeship or you may seek employment in a barber shop or salon as a junior barber. Former students have gone on to work in barber shops, salons, product retailing and self employment as a freelance barber. 5 GCSEs grade D or above and/or NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing. Barbering kit including uniform approx 220. Each unit is assessed through graded observations of practical assessments and assignments. You will have the opportunity to showcase your work at local and national level. City & Guilds Exam Board. 79

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