1 School Links Prospectus Vocational courses and training for year olds
2 School Links Prospectus Welcome to our courses specifically for year olds The School Links programme continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the support, co-operation and dedication of college staff and the participating schools who endeavour to allocate the right course to the right pupil. At Stoke on Trent College we will give you the skills, experience and knowledge that will allow you to start earning real money and build a solid career. The courses we offer are vocational, which means they help you prepare for your future career. They re hands-on and are taught in modern facilities which match those that you will find in industry when you move into work. As well as having great facilities our college is a welcoming and friendly environment to learn in and we have a great reputation for delivering courses to school aged learners. Learner Feedback... Jack Robinson - Blythe Bridge High School It has been a good experience and I have learnt new skills which will stay with me for life. Cameron Evans - Discovery Academy All the staff and students treat you well and I can t wait to come back in September. Chloe Elliott - Excel Academy Going to college has helped me to decide which course I would like to do when I leave school; it has also helped me gain confidence. Ashley Whittaker - Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy It has been good to try practical skills at college. Katie Swingewood - Endon High School College has helped me to decide that I would like to continue with Hair and Beauty in the future. David Chomyn - Haywood Academy I would recommend the School Links course to others as it gives you a good opportunity for the future. Chloe Gilby - St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy I have enjoyed college so much, it has been a good experience. Dagmar Horvatova - Thistley Hough Academy The School Links Hairdressing course has helped me to think about what I would like to do in the future. Kieron Brereton - Watermill School Stoke on Trent College is a fun place to learn. Please note that details in this prospectus may be subject to change dependant upon student numbers.
3 LS School Links Prospectus Entry Level 01 Construction Crafts, (Burslem) 02 ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), (Cauldon) 03 Hairdressing & Beauty, Health & Social Care, Childcare (Cauldon) 04 Motor Vehicle Studies, (Burslem) Level 1 01 Catering & Baking, (Food preparation, cooking & baking), (Cauldon) 02 Gaming, Interactive Media and Graphic Design (Burslem) 03 Construction Crafts, (Burslem) 04 Engineering Pre Apprenticeship, (Burslem) 05 Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector, (Cauldon) 06 Motor Vehicle Studies, (Burslem) PROVISIONAL DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE Courses are being offered on a Friday but days and level of qualification are open to negotiation
4 LS School Links Prospectus Ofsted Report Overall grade for provision 2 (GOOD) Main findings Learners aged 14 to 16 have high success rates and the majority progress into the college (page 4) Outcomes for Learners Progression to the next level within the college is good (page 8) Quality of provision Co-operation with schools.is leading to the development of an educational partnership to support local regeneration (page 11) 2014 Leavers 96% Achievement Rate 91% Retention Rate 100% Positive Destinations
5 LS School Links Leavers Evaluation % said I feel better prepared for College 99% said I now feel more confident about coming to College when I leave school 98% said I was treated like an adult and expected to think for myself 97% said on the whole, I have enjoyed my School Link course 95% said I feel that what I have been doing has been worthwhile and I have achieved a great deal. 93% said I will be attending College when I leave school 93% said I know I am on track to achieve and what work I need to do to complete my course 90% said I feel safe in College and know who to go to if I have any problems 90% said My School Link experience has helped me to think about my future education and training 85% said My confidence and self-esteem has improved since I have been coming to College
6 LS School Links Learner Fee dback 2014 Adam Simms Blythe Bridge I have learned new skills involving construction and I will take them through life David Chomyn Haywood I would recommend the School Links course to others as it gives you a good opportunity for the future. Ashley Whittaker Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy It has been good to try practical skills at College. Michelle Metcalfe Excel Academy The lecturers treat you like adults Cameron Davis Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews I enjoy College, you get more freedom than school Chloe Gilby St Margaret Ward I have enjoyed College so much, it has been a good experience Chloe Elliott Excel Academy Going to College has helped me to gain confidence Cameron Evans Discovery Academy All the staff and students treat you well and I can t wait to come back in September Kieron Brereton Watermill The College is a fun place to learn Jack Robinson Blythe Bridge It has been a good experience and I have learnt new skills which will stay with me for life Hayden Sherratt Discovery Academy My experience at College has been worthwhile and I have learnt many skills Shaun Bloor Excel Academy The course has been very useful and will help me in the future Katie Swingewood Endon College has helped me to decide that I would like to continue coming here when I leave school Josh Jones Discovery Academy I would recommend the course to others. Lewis Burton Excel Academy The College course has been good and I have enjoyed it Tom Bickerton Blythe Bridge I have enjoyed my time at College and I will hopefully get a good job in the future Dagmar Horvatova Thistley Hough Academy The School Links Hairdressing course has helped me to think about what I would like to do in the future Chloe Clarke Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy I have really enjoyed College and have felt safe and would like to come to College when I leave school Jordan Edwards Excel Academy I have enjoyed my experience at College and know I have a place at College when I have finished school Sean Gascoigne Blythe Bridge I think it is a really good course and not many people have this opportunity Sam Hewitt Blythe Bridge I enjoy College and I have loved the experience that I have had. I hope that I will have the chance to do more in life
7 LS School Links Case Study Daniel Crabtree, 18 Level 2 Painting and Decorating The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent Since a young age Dan has always known he wanted to follow in his father s footsteps and he aspires to run his own business that offers the highest standard of work. The Painting and Decorating course at Stoke on Trent College offers Dan all the skills he needs to reach his goal and he is working hard to achieve this. Familiar with Stoke on Trent College after attending the Motor Vehicle course through the School Links programme meant Dan knew exactly where he wanted to be when he left The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent. Dan said I ve pretty much always known what I wanted to do. I got it from my dad who is now a joiner. I used to go to work with my Dad whenever I could because I really enjoyed it. I d been coming to Stoke on Trent College through the School Links programme for Motor Vehicle and when I left school I joined the Painting and Decorating course. It s really good and once I complete Level 2 I already know I want to do Level 3. We do painting, wallpapering, spraying, corking, everything really that we are going to need once we finish the course. Ultimately I want to achieve a high standard of work that I can then use in my own business.
8 LS School Links Case Study Chris Banks Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering Apprentice at Morgan Sindall Engineering Chris joined the college at the age of 14 on a two year School Link Course as a Young Apprentice in Construction. This gave him the opportunity to learn more about college life and to develop his knowledge and skills so that he was able to make an informed choice about his future options. The Young Apprenticeship course gave Chris the opportunity to work with employers in various aspects of the construction industry around Stoke on Trent and gave him very valuable life experiences which included working with all different age groups, time management and working independently. Chris began a full time engineering programme of study when he left school and said he was less worried about leaving school and coming to college because he had been on the school link course and felt that this opportunity had given him more confidence. His work at college was exemplary and his lecturers recommended Chris to be put forward for an apprenticeship opportunity which he successfully achieved with Morgan Sindall Engineering. Chris is now working hard and is hopeful that he will be offered a full time position at the end of his apprenticeship and we wish him every success for the future.
9 LS School Links at Stoke on Trent College Exciting opportunities
10 LS School Links at Stoke on Trent College Students prove they are well and truly a cut above Hair and beauty students from Stoke on Trent College have stormed the regional heats of a prestigious competition at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, winning accolades across several categories. Outstanding success was gained by the College s School Links students who study one-day a week at Stoke on Trent College whilst at school. Ellie Pyatt, from St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, took first place in the School 14+ Evening Style with Ornamentation hair design category, with fellow School Link students. Amanda Osbourne, from Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, was placed 2nd and Chloe Gilbert, from St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, was placed 3rd. Jordan Moran, a pupil at Excel Academy in Sneyd Green who is also on the College s School Links programme, was awarded 1st place in School 14+ Face Painting.
11 LS Construction Crafts Entry Level Venue: Burslem Campus Duration of Course: 2 years Entry Criteria: A real interest in the subject area A willingness to complete practical and written tasks An interview and assessment to confirm suitability for the course. Brief Details of Course This course is offered to learners as general personal development which focuses on confidence building. This course involves different trades which could include - brickwork, painting & decorating and carpentry & joinery along with added core units for each trade. However, this is subject to change dependent on student and group numbers. The course is very practical and is designed to give students basic construction skills in the trades which will enable them to progress onto a higher level college course or onto the first step on a career in the building industry with further training. How will I be assessed? At Entry Level, assessment is when the learner is ready. A range of methods are developed to generate evidence required, including visual or verbal, and learners are encouraged to participate in group activities to make posters, leaflets, displays, etc. Progression Route A full time course at Stoke on Trent College or Vocational training (full time employment with 1 day at College on day release).
12 LS ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) Entry Level Venue: Cauldon Campus Duration of Course: 1 or 2 years Entry Criteria: Year 10 or 11 English is assessed before you start the course. An interest in improving your English skills Brief Details of Course What is this course about? Whatever your language or educational background, the course offers a pathway to a qualification in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Schools have reported a significant improvement in literacy and interpersonal skills. This course was commended in the latest Ofsted college inspection. What are the entry requirements? An interest in improving your English skills A willingness to participate in class activities and discussion What else do you need to know Students can join the course at any time but to achieve the recognised qualification students would need to attend college for a significant part of the year. Students who join the course late can achieve a taster, college certificate. How will I be assessed? Ongoing oral and written internal assessments and one final Speaking & Listening and or Reading & Writing exams. Progression Route What could you do next? With improved literacy, year 10 students are better able to achieve in their GCSEs at school. Year 11 students can progress onto further education courses at Stoke on Trent College e.g. Foundation, ESOL, ICT, Business Media, Hairdressing etc.
13 LS Hair and Beauty & Health and Childcare Entry 3 Venue: Cauldon Campus Duration of Course: 2 year Entry Criteria: A real interest in the subject areas A willingness to complete practical and written tasks An interview and assessment to confirm suitability for the course. Brief Details of Course This qualification is for young people who may be interested in a career in either the hair and beauty industry or health and childcare and have not yet decided which path to pursue. It is particularly aimed at year olds and provides the learner with basic skills in the different areas. Hair and Beauty This course will help students gain insights into the industry and learn useful basic practical skills and knowledge. Learners will be expected to demonstrate their practical skills on each other, on family members and on blocks. There will be a variety of interesting practical units including; styling women s hair, hair plaiting, hand care, introduction to the hair and beauty sector, skin care and face painting. Health & Social Care and Childcare The course provides an introduction to working with children and an awareness of child development and some basic skills in meeting young children s needs. Learners will also have an opportunity to explore health and social care and the various careers available in this sector and develop skills to aid personal development which supports progression onto a higher level course post 16. How will I be assessed? There is no final examination you will be assessed by carrying out practical assessments and you will learn through a combination of theory sessions, practical workshops and discussion groups. PROGRESSION ROUTE: Once you have completed the course you might want to move onto Full time Stoke on Trent College course.
14 LS Motor Vehicles Entry Level Venue: Burslem Campus Duration of Course: 2 years Entry Criteria: A real interest in car mechanics Be willing to complete practical and written tasks An interview and assessment to confirm suitability for the course All students are required to wear personal protective equipment in the form of safety boots and overalls during practical sessions. Brief Details of Course A very practical introduction to the working environment of the motor industry, concentrating on motor vehicle maintenance. The course is intended to give a taster of what is required to progress into the motor vehicle industry. The technology and maintenance of motor vehicles IT skills Team Working Health and Safety at Work Safe use of tools, machinery and equipment in the motor industry. BOOTS AND OVERALLS ARE AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT FOR THIS COURSE AND ARE PURCHASED BY THE STUDENT. *Please note, these units are subject to change and additional units can be studied dependant on ability and level of progress. How will I be assessed? By internal written and oral assessments, observation of practical tasks and internal and external moderation. Progression Route A full time course at Stoke on Trent College Vocational training (full time employment with 1 day at college on day release dependant on attitude and ability).
15 LS Catering, Baking and Hospitality Level 1 Venue: Cauldon campus Duration of Course: 2 Years Entry Criteria: A real interest in catering and baking A willingness to complete practical and written tasks An interview and assessment to confirm suitability for the course. Brief Details of Course This qualification is for young people who may be interested in a career in the hospitality sector. It is particularly aimed at year olds and provides the learner with basic skills in differing areas of the hospitality industry including cookery, food service and the industry as a whole. This course consists of the practical skills for baking, preparing and cooking food, health and safety in food preparation and food hygiene. You will learn about many aspects of the industry and gain valuable practical and teamwork skills. This is a competence based course and you will be assessed in the kitchen while preparing the dishes to the standard required by City and Guilds. Learners are required to build a portfolio of evidence to prove competence of the underpinning knowledge for this subject. This will take the shape of a file containing all recipes, teaching notes and end of unit tests. The units you may cover are: - Customer service - Serving food and drink - Basic food preparation - Healthy eating - Using kitchen equipment This qualification can help you find a job in a wide range of roles including: - Bar person - Catering - Chef - Cleaner - Housekeeper - Kitchen Assistant/Porter - Receptionist All ingredients for the preparation and cooking of recipes will be provided by the Stoke on Trent College.
16 LS Gaming, interactive media & graphic design Level 1 Venue: Burslem campus Duration of Course: 2 years Entry Criteria: A real interest in computer technology A willingness to complete practical and written tasks An interview and assessment to confirm suitability for the course. BRIEF DETAILS OF COURSE This qualification is fun and exciting and is designed for learners who have an interest in digital literacy, solving problems and creating simple computer programmes. It will enable you to learn about the different aspects of gaming, including graphics and animation. Our range of high tech gaming machines include an interactive touch screen, Xbox s and high quality graphics tablets so that you can create even better and more advanced graphics and animations. This course will provide learners with knowledge of different software packages to enable you to use these within further education or an apprenticeship and it will give you an introduction to writing simple computer games programmes. How will I be assessed? You will be assessed via a number of projects that will be set throughout the year. PROGRESSION ROUTE Once you have completed the course you might want to move onto a higher level study programme at Stoke on Trent College or an apprenticeship in a related area.
17 LS Construction Crafts Level 1 Venue: Burslem Campus Duration of Course: 2 years Entry Criteria: A real interest in the subject area A willingness to complete practical and written tasks An interview and assessment to confirm suitability for the course. Brief Details of Course What is this course about: If you have no experience or prior knowledge of the construction industry then this course is a good place to start. The qualification is aimed at school age learners who have an interest in all construction craft occupations. The course is designed to give a basic understanding of the construction industry and gives you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge of the following trades: brickwork painting & decorating carpentry Plumbing Trades are subject to change dependant on student and group numbers. Entry Criteria This course is for students with a genuine interest in the construction industry and for those students who may wish to pursue construction as a long term career. Students who successfully achieve the level 1 certificate in year 1 may progress onto the diploma in year 2 if attendance, punctuality, attitude and behaviour are acceptable. How will I be assessed? Practical tasks, observation, questions and answers, photographic evidence, written portfolio of evidence. Students will be selected on the basis of an interview and good school report (attendance, behaviour etc). How will I be assessed? By internal written and oral assessments, observation of practical tasks and internal and external moderation Progression Route A full time course at Stoke on Trent College or Vocational training (full time employment with 1 day at College on day release).
18 LS Engineering Level 1 Venue: Burslem Campus Duration of Course: 2 years Entry Criteria: A real interest in the subject area A willingness to complete practical and written tasks An interview and assessment to confirm suitability for the course. Brief Details of Course The course is mainly practical and is designed to give students basic engineering skills in Fitting, Machining, Welding and Electrical competencies that will enable students to progress into a career in a wide range of engineering activities such as: Fitter machinist Welder Fabricator Plant maintenance Electrical Engineering Technician Design Engineer Engineering management How will I be assessed? Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and is competency based, which means that after each stage of training and practice the student is required to demonstrate skills with a series of practical tasks. A certificate is issued listing the competencies successfully completed at the end of the course. Progression Route A full time course at Stoke on Trent College or A full time Apprenticeship in Engineering at Stoke on Trent College, which is designed to lead onto a Modern Apprenticeship (full time job with one day at college).
19 LS Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector Level 1 Venue: Cauldon Campus Duration of Course: 2 years Entry Criteria: A real interest in the subject area A willingness to complete practical and written tasks An interview and assessment to confirm suitability for the course. Brief Details of Course This course is mainly practical and intended for learners who wish to explore their interest in the hair and beauty sector. It will help students gain insights into the industry and learn useful basic skills and relevant background knowledge. On this course students will be expected to demonstrate their practical skills on each other, on family members and on a block. Successful students will complete additional units in the second year in order to achieve the Level 1 Diploma You will be studying a range of units from: Introduction to Skin and Hand Care Applying Basic Make up Introduction to Styling Introduction to Shampooing and conditioning Introduction to Plaiting and Twisting Introduction to Themed Face Painting Introduction to Nail Art How will I be assessed? There is no final examination - you will be assessed by carrying out practical assessments and written assignments. Students must complete the certificate in the first year in order to progress onto the diploma in the second year. Progression Route A work based apprenticeship (one day at college and four days in the workplace). A full time course at Stoke on Trent College.
20 LS Motor Vehicle Award Level 1 Venue: Burslem Campus Duration of Course: 2 years Entry Criteria: Can demonstrate an interest and desire to work safely in our motor vehicle workshops with a target of progressing to a higher level motor vehicle course. Brief Details of Course This course is ideal for those wanting to learn more about the motor vehicle industry and offers a taster experience of car mechanics. Students must have a real interest in car mechanics and be willing to follow both practical and academic tasks in order to complete the qualification and develop employability skills. All students are required to wear personal protective equipment in the form of safety boots and overalls during practical sessions. This course is delivered in the well equipped college motor vehicle workshop. Students will study a combination of subjects such as: Mandatory 1: Health and Safety of the Motor Vehicle Industry Optional Units 2: Introduction to Spark Ignition Power Units 3: Introduction to Vehicle Inspection These units are subject to change and additional units can be studied dependant on ability and level of progress. How will I be assessed? The students are assessed by completing practical tasks that are described in the unit handbook and by producing a portfolio of evidence. Your college tutor will assess and mark your completed practical work and portfolio, an internal college verifier and an external verifier will also sample a range of students completed work. Progression Route Successful completion of the Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle Studies provides learners with the opportunity to progress on to a higher Level in Motor Vehicle at Stoke on Trent College.
21 School Links Telephone: CAMPUSES Burslem Campus Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 1JJ Tel: Cauldon Campus Stoke Road, Shelton, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DG Tel:
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