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2 contents Useful Info Welcome 4 Visit Us 6 Quality and Success 8 Ten reasons to choose New College 10 What our students say 12 Choosing New College over 6th Form 14 Our Campus - Your College 16 Calling all parents 18 A word from the Principal 18 For High Flyers 19 Technical Baccalaureate 19 Go places with New College 20 Student life 22 Maximising your potential 24 Focus on Employability 25 College at Help when you need it 28 Getting to College 30 Money Matters 31 Course and Jargon buster 32 What sort of courses can I do? 34 Choosing your learning programme 35 Information, Advice and Guidance 36 Applying to New College 37 The Courses Art, Design and Photography 38 Beauty and Body Treatments 43 Business, Enterprise, Accounting and Law 47 Childcare and Health Care 50 Computing and IT 54 English 57 Foundation Learning 60 Geography and the Environment 62 General Studies 65 Historical Studies 68 Languages 71 Mathematics 74 Media and Film Studies 77 Performing Arts 80 Public Services 85 Religious Studies and Philosophy 87 Science and Psychology 89 Social Sciences 94 Sport and Leisure 97 Travel, Tourism and Hospitality 100 Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Preparation for Work 103 Index and Course List 105 Application form 107 University Education at New College 109

3 welcome to our full time prospectus If you want a bright future and the chance to reach your full potential, then New College is a great place to be - you don t have to stay on at your school s sixth form. Students come to us from a wide area across Swindon, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and West Berkshire. We have all the courses, activities and support to suit YOU. Choose from over 175 first class academic and work-related courses at all levels which will help you to get to university or your first job. Our students achieve their qualifications and get good grades - we have some of the best pass results in the area and outstanding success rates. You ll be taught by highly-qualified and professional staff who have many years of experience between them. You ll have the opportunity to meet and engage with employers such as Nationwide, Intel and Zurich through our excellent business links and employability initiatives. We ve recently expanded and enhanced our modern building and facilities, giving us even more teaching space and resources. One of the many highlights is a Student Zone, including an Enrichment Centre and Student Services and improved restaurant facilities. We think you ll love the atmosphere and culture here at New College - it s friendly, buzzing and inclusive with lots of opportunities for you to develop. Our students are fantastic - positive, lively, motivated, hard-working and great at contributing their time, opinions and efforts both within the classroom and beyond. We re an excellent stepping stone between school and university or the workplace. You ll be treated as an adult and encouraged to be independent, but we also have support services here for you when you need them. Don t just take our word for it! You ll find plenty of evidence within these pages, including views from current students. Read on and then come and see for yourself at one of our Open Events. What next? New College! 04

4 visit us There are plenty of opportunities for you to come and see what life is like here. You may already have taken part in one of our College Experience events, but we recommend coming along to an open event. Open Events The perfect opportunity to get a feel for the sort of College we are. Come along and have a look, talk to tutors and students, take a tour and check out our facilities and excellent learning resources. Open Day: Saturday 12th October am to 2.00pm Open Evening A Levels: Wednesday 29th January to 7.00pm Open Evening Vocational Courses: Tuesday 25th March to 7.00pm Everyone is welcome. Visit our website for details nearer the time. Campus Tours If you can t make an open event then why not book a tour of our campus? We can arrange a tour in term-time at a time to suit you. Parents are welcome, come with a friend, or a small group! Please book in advance by telephone with the Schools Liaison Adviser on (01793) or Schools Liaison Look out for our Schools Liaison Team at your school events. We can talk to you and your parents about opportunities at New College as well as Further Education in general. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Keep up to date with events and initiatives going on at New College by following us: on Twitter For the latest information, including news of other events taking place throughout the year please check the College website regularly at Alternatively if you wish to sign up to our mailing list to stay informed please your name, address, postcode and school to Important notice Every effort has been made to ensure that all information contained in this prospectus is accurate at the time of going to print (August 2013). New College accepts no responsibility for omission or errors and reserves the right to make changes, especially to courses and their content. We cannot accept any liability arising out of any changes. 06

5 quality and success Exam and success rates We pride ourselves on the achievements of our students. New College has one of the largest number of successful exam entries of any school or college in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. We consistently achieve results that are the best in the region. The College has been top of the Government s performance league tables in Swindon for 10 of the past 12 years. A Level pass rates. In Summer 2013 our students achieved the following: 98% pass rate for A Levels 100% pass rate in 39 out of 55 subjects 41% A*-B rate on A Levels 90% of our students achieve 3 or more A Levels or equivalences*. This is the highest percentage of any school or college in Swindon or Cirencester. Our average points per student (APS) for our Top 100 students is 990. This rivals performance in the independent school sector. Matrix - a high quality of Information, advice and guidance (IAG) In March 2013, New College was reaccredited with the national Matrix standard award. This recognises our success in providing excellent and impartial IAG services. This means that you will receive the best possible advice that suits you and your needs at every step of the learner journey. The external Matrix Assessor stated, I was very impressed by the passion, commitment and professional integrity of everyone at New College Swindon. There is clearly a culture where the IAG mission isn t just a statement on a piece of paper but is genuinely embraced and believed in by all staff. A number of key strengths were identified including the Student Ambassador Scheme and the importance of the Personal Tutors and the huge part they play in supporting students. What Ofsted say There is a happy, industrious and safe environment with enthusiastic, supportive staff and a strong sense of community. BTEC Diploma pass rates. A 100% pass rate in Summer 2013 with 29% Distinctions. GCSE pass rates. In Summer 2013 our students achieved an overall pass rate of 99.4%. Higher Education (H.E.) Success 500+ students went on to university in Summer This included top universities such as Nottingham, Cardiff, Bath, Warwick and Imperial students won places at Oxford and Cambridge in the last 12 years. Educational and social inclusion is outstanding. Knowledgeable teachers plan lessons well and use a broad range of activities to enthuse and motivate learners. This is a good college with outstanding features. Student Star Awards At New College, we don t just value student success in terms of exam achievements. Our Student Star Awards are given for commitment, effort, academic achievement, achievement in music, sport, drama, art, any extra curricula activity or any contribution to a community initiative. HARLEY VIVEASH: BRADON forest, PURTON achieved a*/as at a level in summer 2012; now studying at university of oxford I decided to apply to Oxbridge because of the encouragement of the New College teachers and the Villiers Park Scholars Programme. 08 *Source: DfES 2012 School Performance Tables KS5

6 10 reasons to choose New College Choice Our popularity means that we can run over 175 A Level and vocational programmes, the widest choice in the area. Whilst we offer 63 different AS/A Levels alone, we also run vocational courses across a wide choice of subjects. Qualifications include: AS and A Levels, GCSEs (new and resits), NVQs, vocational courses, Diplomas and workbased learning such as Apprenticeships. Whatever your current interests and future plans, you will find a programme to suit you. 2. Destinations - university and jobs Over 500 students go on to university each year. The College s Career Advisers or your tutor can help you to choose a career or university course and advise on the best way to get there. Representatives from universities and local employers also visit regularly. A high percentage of our leavers go on to jobs. The New College Job Shop allows employers to advertise seasonal, part-time and permanent vacancies for students. 3. Focus on employability We know it s important for our students to develop key skills that will help them to compete in an increasingly competitive job market; regardless of whether they are going on to university or into work straightaway. We offer many opportunities to engage with employers, through mentoring, work placement schemes and other initiatives. We also have links with over 500 businesses through our Business Services division, Fast Forward. Find out more on Page Outstanding support Our large Student Services Team is here to provide you with any advice and support you may need. OFSTED rates the support and guidance we provide as outstanding especially the initial assessment process which helps to identify your needs and to get you on the right programme. Find out more on page Great facilities The opening of a new Annexe in September 2011 provided even more space and great facilities. Find out more on page Great teaching and staff A key strength is the professionalism and commitment of our staff across the College; many of whom hold postgraduate qualifications, masters and doctorates. They follow a programme of continuing professional development (CPD) ensuring they are up-to-date with changes in the workplace, to qualifications and to developments in teaching methods. In 2011 New College was in the Sunday Times 100 Best Places to Work in the Public/Third Sector List, one of only eight Further Education Colleges. This is great news for students as it means they are supported by dedicated and motivated staff that enjoy their time at work. 7. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion New College is committed to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Excellence. We want everyone to fulfil their potential and to have their contributions valued and respected. We seek to recruit staff and students who are representative of the local community, promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations. To find out more about equality and diversity at New College please visit our website or 8. Opportunities to get involved Our Student Union (SU) is here to represent you! Visit the Enrichment Centre to find out more about your student representatives, and how you can be a part of the Student Union Team! Lots of events run throughout the year, from fundraising for charities to end of term parties and performances; from themed weeks to volunteering opportunities. 9. High Flyers Our High Flyers Scheme for gifted and talented students offers a scholarship scheme, additional qualifications, special initiatives and Oxbridge and Russell Group university application, advice and guidance. See page 19 for more information. 10. Overall student life and experience Being a student here is about more than getting qualifications. New College has a friendly, supportive and secure atmosphere so that you can enjoy the best possible learning experience. It s also a diverse and exciting place. You ll have more freedom and independence than at a school - studying here is a great stepping stone between school and university or the workplace. You will make new friends, get involved in worthwhile activities and have a great time! You will also develop great skills for later life such as organisation, motivation, team work and communication skills. You can also gain important life skills through studying short courses such as Personal Finance or participating in initiatives such as Enterprise Challenge. We really do offer an unbeatable combination of teaching excellence, course choice, support and resources all under one roof!

7 what our students say Since my first day I have felt very welcome, all the students and teachers have been very friendly and helpful - we are all like a big happy family! New College has been an excellent experience and provided me with the opportunity to achieve qualifications for university as well as learn new skills I can apply in working life. My time here has been really good. I have been on some amazing trips and met some great friends. The facilities are great and I love the freedom. I m glad I came to New College as it s a really positive environment to be within. The highlight of my time at college was any time spent in the Art Department. The staff were incredible, inspiring educators and it s in no small part thanks to their teaching that I ve ended up where I am today. My experience at New College has been great, the teachers are fun and friendly to be around and they have given me a valued education towards my future. I ve had good advice and help on what I want to do after College. I have also had good guidance and help completing my army application. New College has a friendly and positive atmosphere. There are so many opportunities to gain new qualifications. The History classes I took, as well as my Politics class at New College definitely made me want to do an American Studies degree at the University of Maryland. New College helped me greatly with my options on what to do next and how to act upon them. The facilities here are great, such as the Open Learning Centre and the Enrichment Centre. I remember my time at New College very fondly. It offered a great range of courses and the lecturers were incredibly supportive, particularly with university applications. My time there stood me in great stead for my career in law. MIKEY STEVENSON: CHURCHFIELDS, SWINDON EXTENDED DIPLOMA The amount of confidence and experience I have gained during my time at New College has been a real life changer. I used to be a struggling student getting Ds in English and Maths, and with the confidence boost from many teachers and students I am predicted three A*s. 12

8 choosing new college over your school s 6th form You don t have to stay on at your school Whilst staying on in the same environment may suit some students, others prefer the wider choice of courses and opportunities and greater independence that College can provide. Studying at New College can be a great bridge between school and university or your first job. We regularly enrol large numbers of students from all schools with sixth forms in Swindon and the local area and beyond. We advise you to consider all post-16 options available to you. Here are some key questions to think about as you explore and compare your school with other providers:- Are there top-rate specialist facilities for me to learn and be taught in? Do they have special initiatives for gifted and talented students? Are there opportunities to engage with employers and develop my employability skills? Do they offer me impartial information, advice and guidance about my post-16 study options? Do they publish results and success rates for every course? Are there progression opportunities available? Do they offer a wide range of courses for me to do what I want to do? Do they publish progression and destination statistics to higher level courses, universities and jobs? Are there vocational courses on offer? Can I stay on one site to complete my studies? New College Swindon can answer yes to all of these questions and more. Few schools can match the scope and quality of our provision. Do they have proven quality and experience in teaching at A Level/Level 3? If they have a new sixth form and therefore limited experience of delivering A levels, does their performance at KS4/GCSEs indicate they will perform well at KS5/A Levels? Will I be treated more independently than I was when I was in Key Stage 4? Can they offer me support services like personal tutors, counselling, bursaries, chaplaincy, nurses? Will I be able to get on courses if I don t get high enough GCSE grades? Can I do additional courses or qualifications to make my university application form or CV stand out? 14

9 our campus - your college Over the past 28 years New College has provided top quality training, education and skills development. We continue to invest in new buildings, resources and the best teachers and learning materials available. In 2003 we spent over 20million on an outstanding new building and modern facilities at Queens Drive, with a further extension in Our 10million Annexe opened in September 2011, creating even more space for students and ensuring that we have the best facilities, resources and staff to support you in your learning here. Facilities at New College are outstanding and include: Student Zone Phoenix Theatre Library and extended Open Learning Centre Virtual Learning Environment STEM Zone (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Beauty and Body Treatment Salons Sports Centre Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles Studios Recording Studio Dance Studio Modern Restaurant Lecture Theatre Business and Enterprise Zone, including an Employer Zone and Job Club Photography Studio with Darkroom Fitness Suite Student Zone Our Student Zone includes a student enrichment centre for use between timetabled lessons with Wii and X Box, pool table and various games. There are plenty of facilities for you to use, and the Enrichment Coordinator and Student Union have their desks here. The Skills Development Area includes one-toone tuition rooms for students requiring Additional Learning Support, and the Student Zone also has small rooms for careers guidance, counselling and other support. Phoenix Theatre One of the largest theatres in Swindon, the Phoenix Theatre boasts a professional lightning rig and control box. The area of the auditorium is 300m 2 with a maximum seating capacity of 240. The electrical seating system can be used for large audiences, or adapted to create a large teaching space. There are also dressing rooms and a scene preparation room. It is home to numerous College and student productions and events and hired by professional arts organisations. Library and extended Open Learning Centre All New College students and staff can use the Library on production of their current ID card and can borrow or use a wide range of books, DVDs, newspapers, journals and a variety of mobile technologies. The Library has 70 study spaces and networked PCs and is a designated quiet study area. The Open Learning Centre has an extensive number of PCs, one Apple Mac and spaces for your own laptop use. E-learning The College has a very active Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where teachers post their resources, enabling students to catch up on work, do revision activities, submit assignments online or extend their learning with additional materials. The VLE is also full of student support information, study skills and other tips to enhance learning, as well as College news items to keep students informed of events. It can be accessed 24 hours a day from College, from home, even from mobile devices. STEM Zone There are ten well-equipped and up-to-date science labs in the College, including two brand new Physics Labs. We use sophisticated data-logging equipment which allows results of experiments to be displayed on screen in real time as well as state of the art, modern equipment such as melting-point apparatus, waterbaths and colorimeters. Hair and Beauty Treatments Salons Our purpose-built Hair and Beauty area is fully equipped to professional standards. It includes a complementary therapy suite, two beauty salons with individual massage cubicles; a hairdressing salon and make-up studio both with individual stations and backwash basins. We use professional salon products to give a high quality experience for our clients. Sports Centre The Sports Centre contains a fitness suite, exercise studio and modern sports hall catering for multiple sports on a sprung floor. The fitness suite has a wide variety of modern LifeFitness cardiovascular and weight resistance equipment in addition to a large selection of free weights. The Exercise Studio allows 12 participants to exercise, and can be used for a variety of group exercise classes. Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles Studios There are two Fashion and Textiles studios. Specialist equipment includes 27 domestic sewing machines, 11 x 8 shaft looms, three domestic overlockers, two industrial sewing machines, one industrial overlocker, and professional print and cutting tables. We have a diverse range of equipment and materials to cope with an extensive range of techniques and processes (embroidery, bead embroidery, appliqué, surface pattern design, silk screening, collagraphs, mono printing, felt making, weaving, constructed textiles and dyeing). Dance Studio There are two dance studios with fully sprung wooden floors and practice mirrors, the perfect location for any dance or fitness class or activity. Each space is 150m and comfortably seats 70 for shows. Restaurant Our extended restaurant provides a range of refreshments, breakfasts and lunches across four food outlets. These include: C-store: provides a range of sandwiches, wraps, baguettes, confectionery, hot and cold drinks and stationery Bowl: offers two hot meal options and a hot dessert Streat: offers a selection of Grab n Go style hot food and meals Natural: offers jacket potatoes with fillings, pasta with sauce, a salad bar and freshly made smoothies Aspretto: a coffee bar offering premium teas, coffees, hot and cold snacks Photography Studio with Darkroom The photography darkroom is fully equipped with 18 medium format enlargers and automatic processor. The facilities include black and white processing equipment and material. The studio is equipped with flash and tungsten lighting, including colorama backdrops. Information Technology (IT) We have invested heavily in IT equipment and infrastructure over the last three years. We provide access to over 1600 computers, PCs and Macbooks. Our College-wide computer network allows you to access your files and the internet. We also have one of the most advanced wireless implementations in the UK. All classrooms have a computer, projector and interactive whiteboards. We also offer a very popular Bring your own device scheme for staff and students of the College. Accessibility at New College All our buildings and facilities are available to students. We have resources to improve accessibility, including reserved parking and lifts to all areas of the main building and Sports Centre. We also have an entry on Disabled Go at www. disabledgo.com. Details can be found in our Accessibility Advice leaflet - please ask for a copy, or view it on our website at www. newcollege.ac.uk. Staff New College combines great facilities with outstanding staff who are experienced, knowledgeable, highly qualified and very professional - a winning combination! They have real-life skills and industry experience share good practice are encouraged to learn and develop too develop external contacts and bring visitors in to help broaden your learning treat students as adults - empowering you to achieve! 16

10 calling all parents a word from the Principal for high flyers technical baccalaureate New College provides students with an inspirational and supportive learning environment. In return, we encourage our students to develop and take responsibility for reaching their own goals. In providing an adult environment, we expect a high standard of behaviour, just as if they were at work. In their time at New College students will have developed a host of skills to help them face life s opportunities and challenges. Our ABC Values are Aspire - Believe - Challenge. We understand just how important parents and carers are in helping young people make the right college and course decisions and how confusing the array of choices can be. You also play a vital role in the student s progress and development and we welcome your co-operation and support in helping them get through their programme successfully. We encourage your participation in and support for College activities - from the early stages of applying, to course completion. You will be invited to a Partnership Evening early in the first term. We ll keep you up-to-date with progress and produce termly newsletters about College events, key dates and initiatives. You will also get invitations to two Consultation Evenings and other events such as a Higher Education briefing session. We monitor students attendance in each lesson, and will give them - and you - regular updates via our parent portal. If there are any progress issues, we try to deal with students directly at first, but if necessary, we won t hesitate to contact you. In return, we d like to encourage you to stay in touch and to raise any questions at any time. For all of us here at New College, the key to our learner student success is the delivery of an exceptional student experience across all aspects of teaching, learning, social and community life. The sheer choice and diversity of programmes here is amazing and it is essential that you make an informed choice to suit your needs. Our great staff and the quality of our teaching and learning speaks for itself; we have over 28 years of proven experience of delivering A Levels and top quality vocational courses with high achievement rates. There s also a vibrant programme of events, activities and initiatives which all learners can benefit from. We have fantastic students at the College from all parts of Swindon, Wiltshire and surrounding counties - our job is to develop, stretch and challenge our learners to achieve the best they can, in all aspects of life. Getting the right qualifications and the right skills are so important in today s tough global economy, especially for young people. We are continually introducing new courses and exploring initiatives with employers that will meet learner career and progression needs and help them into good jobs and good universities. We are well aware that we are preparing and helping young learners to grow into mature and confident adults who will succeed in whatever lies ahead. I look forward to meeting you at one of our Open Days or Parents Evenings. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any suggestions or queries. If you are predicted at least four A grades at GCSE you can join our High Flyers Club. The club includes: Five AS Level subjects in Year 1 and four A2s in Year 2 (you need six or more grade As at GCSE) Fast track course options - complete A Levels in one year in over 30 subjects AQA Baccalaureate - see page 66 Additional expert assistance with your UCAS application Dedicated one-to-one tutor coaching, including Oxbridge The chance to apply for one of our High Flyers scholarships Visits to selected University Open days An excellent track record of placing students at Top 20 UK universities, including Southampton, Bristol, Bath, Warwick, Imperial, Nottingham and Loughborough and 110+ New College students have won places at Oxford and Cambridge since 2000 A programme of High Flyer initiatives e.g. presentations from graduate employers and former students, competing in national challenges Opportunity to become involved in Gifted and Talented initiatives run by the Villiers Park Educational Trust The opportunity to participate in the Open University s YASS (Young Applicants in Schools Scheme). This gives you the chance to get a taste of university study early In April 2013, the Government announced the introduction of the Technical Baccalaureate for courses starting in September This is designed to recognise excellence in technical training for ambitious and talented students taking selected advanced vocational qualifications. There will be three elements to the Technical Baccalaureate: 1. Level 3 vocational qualification Further details on which vocational qualifications will be included in the Technical Baccalaureate will be announced by the Government in November 2013, but are currently undergoing consultation with employers and are likely to include: STEM technicians (e.g. lab technicians, IT technicians, various engineering technician roles, construction professionals) Service technicians (e.g. retail and hospitality management, personal services, junior accounting positions) Creative technicians (e.g. digital media, other media, creative industries, sport industry, textiles, design) 2. Level 3 core Mathematics qualification, including AS Level Mathematics 3. Extended Project This will develop and test students skills in extended writing, communication, research, and self-discipline and selfmotivation. New College will provide updated information via our website and to vocational applicants when information is confirmed. As well as joining our Partnership of Support parents can be involved in many different ways, including becoming a Governor, giving up their time to run extra-curricular activities or making donations to assist us in areas such as the provision of scholarships and bursaries. If you would like to be more involved please us on 18

11 go places with New College Teaching at New College is not always done in classrooms or labs! Recent study trips or initiatives that students have taken part in include: Ancient History & Archaeology: Avebury; British Museum; trip to Rome; visit from University of Reading Classics Department Anthropology: Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Art & Design: Florence; Siena; Saatchi Gallery London; National Knitting and Stitching Show; Victoria and Albert Museum; Clothes Show Live Beauty, Hair, Media Make up & Complementary Therapies: Beauty UK Show, Birmingham; Look Good Feel Better Charity; Make up Artists Volunteering at Swindon Great Western Hospital; Comic Relief - Red Hair Day; Distinction Hair and Beauty Competition; Product Training Environmental/Applied Science: Bristol Zoo; Pathology Department at Great Western Hospital General: Competing in Debating Matters events at local, regional and national level Geography: Investigative trips to the River Churn; Cardiff Bay and local work; visit from the Geography Association Ambassador High Flyers: Oxford University study days; mock interviews History: Imperial War Museum; British Museum; Westminster Abbey Health and Social Care: Conference at EuroDisney; Turkey to explore education and religions; Welcome Museum London body image; Food and drink convention; Turkey food and culture Psychology: GCSE chief examiner visit Public Services: Volunteering at the Cotswold Water Park; sailing, canoeing and kayaking on the River Wye; activity trips to the Forest of Dean and Brecon; visits to the Army, Navy, RAF and Marines, Police and local crown and magistrate courts; activity week in Cornwall Science: Institute of Physics talk; Rutherford Laboratory Master classes; Visit to Diamond Light Facility; Physics of Wind Turbines Talk, A Question Of Taste, Bristol; chemistry trip to Pyrotechnics lecture at Bristol University; Biology visit to Bristol Zoo with sessions on Classification and Animal Behaviour; Medical Health package talks from GPs, hospital doctors and admissions tutors; involvement in HiSparc project detecting cosmic rays Sport: University of Gloucestershire Sports Science; Link Centre - Wall climbing, ice skating; Assist at SEN Wiltshire Access Event; Wimbledon tour of grounds and museum; Millennium Stadium Tour; University of Worcester: Basketball experience; Delta Tennis Centre & Highworth Tennis Club; Broome Manor Golf & Fitness Centre; County Ground Athletics track - SEN athletic event Travel & Tourism: Disneyland Paris; BA Customer Care Heathrow; Cabin Crew simulator Bournemouth; Bristol Zoo; Bristol Cabot Circus; Cardiff; London; Theme Parks; Local visits - STEAM; Marriott Hotel Business Studies & Enterprise: Alton Towers marketing trip; customer service training with Sainsbury s; organising conferences; Enterprise Challenge Days/Dragons Den Classical Civilisation: Antigone and The Odyssey at Oxford Playhouse; theatre trip to Women of Troy Early Years: Turkey; Drove Children s Centre Observation Unit; Great Western Hospital; visit Mathematics: Inspiration Lectures, Bristol Music: Christmas and Lenten Concerts at Christchurch (Old Town); trip to the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden); recital evenings at the Phoenix Theatre Science: Institute of Physics talk; visit from staff at Cheltenham s GCHQ; Rutherford Laboratory Master classes; A Question Of Taste, Bristol; STEM Day English: Othello (Oxford and Chipping Norton); visit to a local school to investigate language acquisition in children Languages: Exchange to Quimper, Brittany, France; trip to Seville, Spain Performing Arts: Theatre visits including RSC and National Theatre; visits from students on university drama courses; visits from professional theatre practitioners; visits to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Cardiff Millennium Centre; Breaking Convention at Bristol; Richard Alston at Wyvern; trip to Cornwall creating a Dance for Camera 20 21

12 student life Being a student at New College is about so much more than getting qualifications. You will have the opportunity to get involved in enjoyable and worthwhile activities, make new friends, develop yourself and have a great time. Having your say...your student voice It s really important that you get involved in New College life and there are many ways that you can do this. You can become a member of: The Student Union Exec - the elected President and other student members look after student issues and provide representation on College committees and groups. The SU Crew - support the Exec to organise events for students in College. The Student Conferences - three events each year gather student views on a variety of topics to help us improve College life. The Student Ambassadors - these students are interviewed to be part of a group who support College events such as Open Days and Parents Evenings as well as representing College in local school promotional events. Your views are very important to us and involvement in these groups gives you the opportunity to provide us with feedback. You are also likely to be asked to complete questionnaires and surveys and take part in quality circles, focus groups and other initiatives - for example opinion walls. Your views help us to improve how we meet YOUR needs. Events There s always something interesting going on at New College! As well as all of the educational visits and activities run by departments, we also run a host of activities that you can enjoy. Our Enrichment Coordinator works with students, the Student Union and New College Staff to set up and organise many of these. Highlights from last year include: Social Events New College Has Talent! This popular annual competition seeks to find the most talented student performers across the College. Former winners include Jahmene Douglas who came runner up in 2012 s X Factor and is now set for a great music career. Murder Mystery Event - an exciting Who Dunnit? performance organised and acted by students was a sell-out event. All About You Week - taking place in early Autumn, this event gave new and existing students the chance to sign up for extras courses and activities, meet new friends and have fun! The week incorporated a Freshers Fayre and Volunteering Day. Fun Days - these are all about relaxing and letting your hair down and include giant inflatables, BBQs and other activities. Raising and Giving (RAG) Students and staff raise money for a range of charities; the College s official charity is Prospect Hospice and we raised 5000 in RAG Week - in November, students hold their dedicated Raising and Giving week, with activities such as cake sales, mini fairgrounds, tug of war and bucket soakings. Charities benefitting included Help for Heroes, Water Aid, Naomi House, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children In Need, Kenya Trip students raised money for a fortnight s volunteering trip to Nakuru in Kenya, undertaking community work with local children, coaching and building and renovation work. Comic Relief - last year s activities included wearing fancy dress, selling cakes, leg waxing and more! Themed Weeks and Campaigns These are initiatives run throughout the year designed to boost your knowledge and understanding, provide advice and guidance and open your mind! Diversity Week - a celebration of equality and diversity with stalls run by students and visitors. Barclay s Money Skills Week - learn about budgeting, saving and spending and ways to make the best financial decisions. It culminates in a Question Time debate with local MPs. Green Week - learn about how you can have a positive impact on the environment. Democracy Week - students host a live debate for local parliamentary or council candidates and also vote for Student Union officers in their elections. Anti-Bullying Week - an annual event which promotes tolerance and respect. Health Week - students experience a variety of ways to live a healthy lifestyle with practical activities and information. Summer Sun Safety Campaign - an end of year event to advise students on how to have a safe and enjoyable summer. 22

13 maximising your potential focus on employability New College is committed to providing additional qualifications, courses and activities on top of your core programme that can support your chosen career and enhance your personal, social and employability skills as well as offering new interests and hobbies for you to try. As employers and university admissions tutors increasingly look for well-rounded individuals with a wide range of interests, skills and experience, these activities are more and more valuable and will enhance your CV or university application. Taking these programmes is a way of making you stand out from the crowd. Additional programmes These are short qualifications - you must choose and take at least one. They can be delivered by your Personal Tutor as part of your tutorial sessions, embedded within your main courses, or chosen by you to fit around your timetable. Whether you want to go to university first or travel during a gap year, you will need to get a job eventually. New College is committed to offering the skills and knowledge to ensure that you stand out from the crowd and are able to secure your chosen job. Employers are looking for passion, commitment, team work, confidence and strong communication skills not just relevant qualifications and work experience. We are here to help in a variety of different ways. We have links with a variety of businesses, including Capita, Matalan, Boots and Accord Office Supplies. Maximising your potential (see page 24) Take additional qualifications and skills and develop your personal, social and employability skills to really enhance your CV Job Club If you are actively looking for employment whilst taking a course you could benefit from attending this club for a few hours a week. Get the support of experts and use the resources that ensure your CV is up to date; learn to sell your skills professionally and give a realistic impression of your strengths; make the vital phone call or write a successful covering letter with the help of supportive staff. Traineeships This is a new initiative and part of the Apprenticeship family. The aim of Traineeships is to secure progression to an Apprenticeship or sustainable job. The maximum time for this programme is usually 6 months and it consists of a high quality work placement for 2-6 months; work preparation training tailored to the individual and English and Maths qualifications if you have not achieved a Grade C or above at GCSE. Qualifications include: Level 1 Internet Safety Level 1/2 Personal Finance Level 1 Award in Heathy Eating Level 1/2 Substance Misuse Awareness Level 1/2 Award in Home Cooking Level 2 Award in Volunteering Employer Experience Our Employer Engagement Team can offer a range of different experiences linked to local business, employers and entrepreneurial opportunities. Have a business mentor; shadow a company boss for the day; take part in a Dragons Den style competition judged by real business experts; set up in business via the Young Enterprise Scheme or go out on a long-term work placement. extras extras are optional activities and courses that fit around your main programme. You can learn new skills or develop those you already have - this is a chance to challenge yourself and discover your hidden talents! You don t have to be studying a related area to take them - all you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to do something different. Whilst most extras activities are free, some will incur a tuition fee - even so, they provide great value for money! Combine these with participation in some of the College and Student Union provided activities already listed and you ll see that coming to New College really can give you a fantastic student experience. You will receive a Maximising Your Potential leaflet containing all extras courses and additional programmes closer to Enrolment. We run over 100 extras courses. Examples include College Production, Debating Matters, Voluntary Service, Choral Group and Sports Groups. Many of our Maximising Your Potential offers also support our Employability programmes (see page 25 for details). As well as additional qualifications, our team can arrange business mentors, Dragon s Den style competitions for young entrepreneurs, work shadowing and industry taster. Our Job Shop can even help you in getting temporary and permanent employment. Job Shop This service can be used by students and employers to ensure that the right job is matched to the right person. Gain up-todate information and advice on available jobs, both temporary and permanent. Prepare for the interview and gain valuable feedback on your performance. Be Employable This is a week long course for those who are keen to get out and gain a job or an Apprenticeship, but need to brush up on a range of skills to become work ready. CV and Letter Writing; Practice Interviews, Dress to Impress are examples of units and the course also includes input from local employers who know the qualifications and skills they are looking for

14 college at 14 The Government has recently enabled all colleges to recruit students at the age of 14. There may be many reasons why studying at College would be best for you. We have a range of full and part-time course options for year olds available at New College including: GCSEs or AS Levels Business and Enterprise Creative and Performing Arts Childcare Health and Social Care Hair and Beauty Gifted and Talented Over 80% of our year old students continue their studies with us when they reach 16! We work in collaboration with local schools and you need the agreement of your school to study with us you if are under 16. You can apply through your school for any of these courses using the special application form. Please don t use the form at the back of this prospectus. GCSEs and A Levels You can take some or all of your GCSEs at New College and your school may include this in your options for Years 10 and 11. Why not try subjects that are not available at school? Choose from our range of subjects that covers 175 course areas. You may even be able to start your AS Levels at 14 - talk to us for more information. Gifted and Talented Programme (14-16) We offer a special range of courses for very able students. Art and Textiles, Dance, Law, Maths, French, Music Technology, Science and Web Design are all available in our after-school programme. To find out more about the courses available, please phone and ask for the Pre 16 team. JOSEPH PRICE: HOME SCHOOLED software development / web design / extended diploma My time and experience at New College has been one of adventure and excitement. Obviously being homeschooled and then going straight into college was a big step for me, but the staff were incredibly helpful and I would recommend New College to anyone who has had a different way of learning other than being as state school. 26

15 help when you need it We want you to feel fully supported during your time at College. Our Student Services Team, working alongside your tutor, can provide advice on a number of support issues to help you to succeed. Sources of advice include: Your Tutor Your tutor should be the first person you go to for advice on any issues. He or she will keep you up to date with College matters, cover some important life skill issues in group sessions, help you through the UCAS or job application process, and provide advice on overcoming any individual barriers to your success in College. Enrichment Coordinator We like students to get fully involved in College life. If you want to get or have any suggestions about how to improve student life, talk to the Enrichment Coordinator. College Counsellors Counsellors in College are here to help if you have any personal problems that affect your learning. They will listen and support you and the service is confidential. The JustAsk Team The team provides information, guidance and solutions on a wide range of issues as well as helping you get back on track with your learning programme - or just being a friendly listening ear. Additional Support If you have a medical condition, physical or sensory impairment, learning differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum Condition or any other learning needs, our Additional Support Team can help you. We provide services including one-to-one teaching, support in class, computer programmes, specialist equipment. We work closely with other services to make sure your needs are met. It s important to tell us early on if you had special examination arrangements at school - e.g. use of a laptop or extra time. We can make similar arrangements for you. We have an Aspie Group - a forum for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Non-verbal Learning Deficits and Semantic Pragmatic Deficits, which provides training and encourages conversation and social interaction. Additional support is available to ALL students. You can discuss your needs before you start your programme - please let us know on your application form or at your interview. Our Transition Project Team will help you to make a smooth transition from your current school to New College. Project Mentors are available to provide advice and guidance to you in your school, or you can visit New College to get to know the building and facilities. For more information, contact Sarah Howes (Additional Support Manager) at: Safeguarding Team All members of staff have regular safeguarding training. We have a group of staff who have additional training to support students who are concerned about their own safety. Our Careers and Higher Education Advisers Your tutor can help you to choose a career or university course. The College s Careers Advisers can provide extra advice to help you decide your best route into work or university. Exams and Assessments Our Exams Team will provide you with information and advice about your exams and other external assessments along with your subject lecturers. IMPORTANT - If you are joining New College part way through a qualification e.g. you have completed AS Levels elsewhere, you must see our exams team in your first few weeks to ensure your qualifications are correctly combined Childcare If you have children, there are funds to help you with childcare costs while you are studying at College, depending on your age and circumstances. For more details, please contact Student Services. You can receive funds to use any registered child minder or nursery. Imagine Co-operative Childcare is an independent purpose-built nursery located behind New College. It is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, and offers flexible childcare for children aged 3 months to school age. Call for more information. Our Chaplaincy Our multi-faith Chaplaincy Team can support you with information and advice on faith issues and can be a friendly listening ear at times of personal loss or difficulty. They have links to local faith communities in Swindon. Accessibility All our buildings and facilities are available to students. We have resources to improve accessibility, including reserved parking and lifts to all areas of the main building and Sports Centre. We also have an entry on Disabled Go at www. disabledgo.com. Details can be found in our Accessibility Advice leaflet - please ask for a copy. Or view it on our website at

16 getting to college money matters Each year students join us from schools all over Swindon and Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire. We are located close to the town centre, with buses coming direct from all parts of Swindon and surrounding areas. There are also frequent services to and from the bus station. Parking on-site is free to everyone, and we re linked to cycle networks with secure cycle racks on site. BY BUS: New College is very well served by public transport. Buses run from the town centre and stop outside the College at least every 10 minutes. Many bus routes from in and around Swindon either have a stop on Queens Drive just outside the College or connect with the regular services from the town centre. Discounted monthly travel passes for students aged are available for the Swindon area. Services run frequently from the town centre and surrounding area. Annual passes also available from Swindon and Wiltshire local education authorities. BY RAIL: Swindon station is located in the town centre and has direct services to London (eastbound) and Bristol (westbound). There are also services northwards to Kemble (for Cirencester), Stroud and Cheltenham and southwards to Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge. BY FOOT: Our main entrance is accessed directly from New College Drive, off Queens Drive. BY CAR: Road access to New College is from Queens Drive, see map below. For Sat Nav please use postcode SN3 1AH. BY BIKE: New College is easily accessed by cycle paths and we can provide a local cycle map. We have a large number of covered cyclehoops and a secure cycle tunnel. If you are aged under 19 as of 31/08/2014 and have the right to live in the UK, the courses within this prospectus are normally free. If you are aged 19+ as of 31/8/2014 and you meet our funding criteria you may be entitled to help with your tuition fees if you are: receiving particular benefits and undertaking funded Level 2 courses to gain skills to move into work do not hold a C grade in GCSE Mathematics or English under 24 and studying your first full Level 2 qualification or Entry Level/Level 1 needed as a step to the full Level 2. under 24 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification or your first Level 4 qualification without achieving a full Level Advanced Learning Loans From the 2013/14 academic year, loans are available for learners in Further Education and training aged 24 and above, to fund their study at Level 3 and Level 4, including Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships. The loans work on a similar basis to the current loans system for Higher Education, meaning that individuals will only start to repay loan amounts once they have completed their training and are earning over 21,000. Loans are only available for tuition fees and not maintenance purposes. For more detailed information please go to: Financial Support The Government provides colleges with funds to help students with financial hardship. Details of support amounts and eligibility are available from Student Services. We can advise you about timetables and bus passes. If you live outside Wiltshire you can apply to your County Council for transport support. Where other funding is not available, we subsidise some students to travel to College through our Assisted Travel Scheme. For further details under 24 and receiving particular benefits and studying Level 3 funded courses to gain skills to move into work. Learners aged 24 or above, have no entitlements applicable but can apply to Student Finance England for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan for courses at Level 3 or Level 4. New College Student Fund All students can apply to this fund which is made up from the Student Resources Contribution. Small grants or loans are available to individuals or groups - perhaps to support a College sports team or to improve student facilities. At the time of going to print (August 2013) we are also exploring travel options for students who travel in from further distances. Further information will be available on this by November, so please ask at Open Day or check our website at Please note that this information is correct as at August 2013 and funding eligibility rules may change. Student Resources Contribution We ask all students for 45 per year to contribute towards resources at New College. This optional contribution directly benefits all students - in recent years this has helped: subsidise the cost of College trips for individual students with financial difficulties fund additional facilities such as under cover cycle shelters and outdoor and indoor seating provide support for students representing the College in regional and national competitions fund student Enrichment Centre facilities 31

17 JB course & jargon buster Here is some of the terminology we use to tell you about our Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 courses. Wherever you see The levels of course that you can choose to do at College. Technical Baccalaureate Decide which level suits you best (see Choosing Your Learning Announced in April 2013, this is being designed and aims to Programme - page 35). You can take courses from more than recognise excellence in technical training for ambitious one level. and talented students taking selected advanced vocational you can refer back to this page for an explanation. Apprenticeships qualifications. Watch our website for updates. Earn whilst you learn! If you don t want a full-time College course and you know what sort of job you want to go into, an Essential Skills Apprenticeship could be right for you. You learn the job, get Also known as Functional Skills. All students can work on Traineeships qualified and get paid. (See page 104) Essential Skills if they need to. They include things that A new six month programme designed to help learners secure employers (and the Government and parents!) know are progression to an Apprenticeship or job as quickly as possible. Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), Edexcel, essential for academic and working life: Practical English; Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR), NCFE Practical Maths; IT, Essential Skills will improve your grades, University Central Application System (UCAS) The main exam boards for A Levels and GCSEs, as well as some your career and university prospects. The organisation that deals with applications to every university or higher education institution in the UK. vocational courses (see BTEC and CACHE below). Foundation Learning AS/A Levels This is learning at Entry Level or Level 1 and is a personalised Unique Learner Number (ULN) Usually have four units: two for AS Level (Year 1) and two for programme to help you achieve credits and progress to a This is your personal 10-digit number that will remain with you A2 (Year 2). Most students choose four AS Levels in Year 1, higher level or a job. throughout your life, so that all your learning experiences, exam results and qualifications will be linked together. If you although you can choose three or five depending on your GCSE results. InfoSheets Every subject or course at New College has its own InfoSheet don t know what it is, please ask your school. AQA Baccalaureate which gives you further information, including any specific Vocational This is a framework for your subjects that gives you an extra GCSE grades you need. A number like this - NC690 - gives you Focuses on a particular job area. Gives you the knowledge qualification. It includes your A Level study and can enhance the InfoSheet number (see pages 105 and 106). and skills necessary to go and work in that job area or train further. Good if you know what sort of job you want to do. your university or job application (see page 66). Learning Programme Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) The complete list of courses and subjects you take at College. Exam board that specialises in vocational courses. Well known This is personalised to meet your needs and so is your learning to employers and universities. programme. BTEC First National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) A suite of vocational Level 2 courses, generally consisting of Qualifications that you get while you are working in a job. Part Award, Certificate and Diploma (unit credits may vary). You of an Apprenticeship (see page 104) but also available to all usually combine them with at least one GCSE or other Level New College students who have a part-time job - ask your 2 course. Tutor for details. BTEC National Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) A suite of vocational Level 3 courses generally consisting of This is the system that gives a credit value to every unit of a Award, Certificate and Diploma (unit credits may vary). You may qualification you take. Many qualifications have already moved be able to combine a BTEC National with other AS or A Levels. to this system and more will follow. You take units and get Usually has few or no exams - assessment is by coursework. accredited in bite size chunks. Infosheets will give you details Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) of this for each subject and your ULN (see below) will give you Exam board that specialises in Childcare courses. your own personal credits for all the qualifications you take

18 what sort of courses can I do? choosing your learning programme The table below shows an explanation of each level and the type of qualification that can be gained. Remember to read the Course and Jargon Buster on page 32 as well! We offer courses from Entry Level and Level 1 (Foundation Learning) to Level 3 (Advanced) and beyond; you can even stay on and do your degree with us! Level Entry (Foundation Learning) One Year Programme One (Foundation Learning) One year Programme Two (Intermediate) General Education GCSE grades (D-G) GCSE grades (A*-C) Vocational Functional Skills courses (Mathematics, English, IT) Personal and Social development Vocational Taster Qualifications Functional Skills courses (Mathematics, English, IT) Personal and Social development Vocational Taster Qualifications BTEC Introductory Certificate BTEC First Award / Certificate/ Diploma / Specialised Diploma Training / Work-based Foundation Apprenticeship Which Level is best for me? Take a look at your expected (or actual) GCSE grades and compare them with the table below. Don t worry if you are between two levels - you can apply for courses from both. This table is only a guide to our general entry requirements. It does not cover all the possibilities - we will advise you at your Guidance Interview. If you have at least... You can start...^ Course Level Six grade As or A*, in at least three different subjects Five grade Cs or above in at least three different subjects, with two grade Bs Five AS Levels Four AS Levels BTEC National plus AS Level(s) Advanced Specialised Diploma Level 3 (Advanced) Three AS/A Levels (including BTEC National Award Advanced Apprenticeship Five grade Cs in at least three different subjects Three AS Levels (limited choice) BTEC National (Advanced) Applied subjects). Most students choose four AS /Certificate/Diploma Other Level 3 courses e.g. Other Level 3 qualifications Advanced Apprenticeship Levels in Year 1, although you Travel & Tourism (OCR Diploma); can do three or five Digital Music Production; Specialised Diploma Four grade Ds BTEC First Diploma Childcare & Education (CACHE Level 2) Higher Specialised Diploma Four First year of degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma Higher Apprenticeship OCR Level 2 National Certificate foundation degree Two grade Ds Four GCSEs The GCSE Programme Level 2 (Intermediate) Apprenticeship Some NCFE Level 2 Certificates Two grade Es The Art & Design Programme Foundation Learning Programme Few or no GCSE passes Art & Design (AQA Entry Level Certificate) BTEC Introductory Diploma Caring for Children (CACHE Foundation Award) Some NCFE Level 1 Certificates Entry Level & Level 1 (Foundation Learning) Some OCR Level 1 National Certificates Physical Education (OCR Entry Level Certificate) Preparation for Work Programme 34 ^ the list of courses in this column is only a guide - there may be other choices. 35

19 NEW COLLEGE INFORMATION, ADVICE & GUIDANCE SERVICES 2013/14 DECISION MAKING ENQUIRY & APPLICATION INTERVIEW ENROLMENT / JOINING INDUCTION TRANSPORT FINANCE / FEES ADDITIONAL SUPPORT LIBRARY / OPEN LEARNING CENTRE / VLE IT SUPPORT HEALTH & WELFARE STUDENT VOICE & GETTING INVOLVED ON COURSE PROGRESSION COMPLAINTS & QUALITY Schools Liaison Team Website / Prospectus / Events Schools Liaison Team Schools Liaison Team The Whole College Student Services Manager Personal Tutor Student Services Student Services Adviser Customer Service Adviser Additional Support Manager Learning Innovation Resources Manager ICT Support Team Counsellors / Nurses / Chaplain Enrichment Co-ordinator Student Union Subject Tutors / Personal Tutors Student Mentors Personal Tutors / Liaison Staff / Employability Employer Engagement Team Careers and HE Co-ordinator Jobshop and Jobclub Student Attendance Mentors (SAMS) Quality Manager applying to New College Deciding your future is a big step and it s important that you look at all the options available. Here are some useful steps for you to follow: Step 1 Look through this prospectus and request InfoSheets for any courses you are interested in. InfoSheets give you detailed information about each course, its content and entry requirements. You can obtain InfoSheets online at: Step 2 Visit our Open Day on Saturday October 12th to get a feel for the College and talk to staff about any courses you re interested in. You will have other opportunities to visit the College: at our A Level Open Evening on 29th January 2014 or our Vocational Courses Open Evening on 25th March 2014 or book a Campus Tour. Step 3 Once you ve chosen the courses you re interested in, fill in the application form online, or the printed one at the back of this prospectus. You can send us your application at any time during the year. Some courses fill up quickly so you should apply as soon as possible. Step 4 We will invite you to attend an interview to discuss your course choices. Your parents or guardians are welcome to come along. It will last about 30 minutes. After-school or evening appointments can be made. We start interviewing from October onwards so make sure you apply early! Step 5 Once you have had your interview, we will send you an offer letter, which will tell you the entry requirements for your courses, and give you important enrolment dates. Step 6 If you accept the place we offer, you will be asked to attend one of our Enrolment Days at the end of June and we advise you to keep these days free! Step 7 Bring your exam results. Meet your tutor and pick up your timetable in late August/early September. EXAMS Exams Manager If you have any other questions about the application process, please LEAVING COLLEGE Careers and HE Co-ordinator Personal Tutors 36 37

20 art, design & photography freephone: Art and Design BTEC Level 2 Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma An exciting and really practical one-year course designed to develop your skills in art and design. You cover units in 2D and 3D Visual Language, Graphic Design, Lens-based Technology and Textiles and Fashion. Work on a final project in the discipline of your choice. BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Certificate/ Diploma Art, Craft and Design A varied and exciting course where you will be introduced to a range of stimulating experiences and explore 2D and 3D media processes and techniques in at least two of the following areas: Experimental and traditional painting and drawing Graphic design and illustration Photography and animation 3D work (sculpture and ceramics) Textile art This specialist qualification focuses on particular aspects of employment within the art and design industry. Course work is completed through units of study as follows: Look forward to studio and off-site work, study trips abroad and competitions. Fine Art Graphic Design Textiles Printmaking Contextual Studies 2D and 3D Visual Studies Critical and Contextual Studies OCR Art and Design Keeping to deadlines, team working and building a portfolio of work all form part of the programme. All work is assessed in stages spread across the year. Study the work of contemporary and historical artists and designers and gain a critical awareness of the social, cultural, historical and economic meanings contained within art and design work. Ryan Walklett: Kingsdown, SWINDON Textiles and Fashion / Drama and Theatre Studies / Art and Design New College has taught me to be confident in my work, and shown me how to act with the level of professionalism that is used in industry. It has also helped me to choose my course at university and shine in interviews. History of Art A stimulating combination of analysis, research and theory. You will need an inquiring mind and the ability to write well. It complements any of the practical A Level Art subjects. Develop your analytical and observational skills and apply them to all visual imagery. Studying this course will also: Develop skills of critical analysis, covering cultural, historical and social contexts. Skills of visual analysis will be developed through practical art work and visits to galleries or exhibitions. Practical work will take the form of demonstrations and studio assignments to develop understanding of materials and techniques. 38 develop your interest in the study of History of Art and foster lifelong learning improve your ability at writing essays enable you to appreciate some of the important topics from Classical Greece to the end of the 20th century (paintings, sculpture and architecture) No previous knowledge of History of Art is required. 39

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