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1 L E I C E S T E R C I T Y Y O U R F U T U R E S U C C E S S C O N T I N U E S H E R E New College Leicester 6th Form Prospectus Welcome to the 6th form experience at New College This prospectus gives an overview of courses and programmes available to students at New College Leicester from September It is designed to help you, our prospective students, understand the different study options on offer, and to outline the content of each of the courses. Much more information and advice on choosing the right course is available from staff and at our CONTENTS Art 9 Business Studies 10 Media Studies 11 AS/A2 Science 12 AS/A2 Visual Media 13 BTEC National Diploma - Health & Social Care 14 BTEC National Diploma - ICT 15 BTEC National - Sport 16 Diploma in Hair & Beauty 17 NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing 19 NVQ Level 3 Beauty 21 NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy 22 Higher Diploma in Hair & Beauty 23 Developing Skills for Early Years Practice 24 City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing 25 BTEC First Diploma Public Services 27 FAQ 28 How Do I Apply? 29 Please contact the school to ensure your chosen course is still available.

2 N E W C O L L E G E L E I C E S T E R Page 2 WELCOME TO YOUR NEW FUTURE The Sixth Form experience at New College aims to provide an education of the highest quality, developing you to achieve your full potential. We believe that all students are unique, with individual talents, different hopes and aspirations. It is our job to ensure that each one grows and flourishes at New College. You will be encouraged to play an active part in the life of the College, to care about the community and behave in an acceptable and considerate manner. You, as young adults, will be role models to our younger students. This is an exciting and crucial time for us at New College. The school is rapidly improving with results increasing year on year. We hope you choose New College for your future education. We look forward to working you in your next phase of education. Mrs Brown Principal Y O U R F U T U R E... S T A R T T H E N E X T S T E P H E R E You are about to enter one of the most exciting times in your education. It is essential that you enjoy it, work hard and achieve all that you wish to in preparation for either the world of work or your future at university. Our Sixth Form is a vibrant, exciting and busy place to study; expectations are high, results are improving and there is an ever increasing variety of vocational and academic courses on offer. New College Sixth Form is the ideal place for you to take your exciting next step. The time is now ripe for innovative developments in the Sixth Form! We hope you choose this to be your college, so you can be part of the journey. Mrs Tomkins Head of Post 16

3 Y O U R F U T U R E S U C C E S S C O N T I N U E S H E R E Page 3 W H Y S T U D Y A T N E W C O L L E G E? New College Sixth Form aims to ensure that all students achieve their full potential and leave with appropriate qualifications and skills, enabling you to take advantage of all opportunities in the future, whether in Higher Education or employment. Lauren Rigby Yr 13 I am studying a BTEC National in PE so that I can become a PE teacher The 6th form is good!! Kieran Reynolds Yr 13 I am studying ICT and science, and want to go on to university to study ICT further. I think the 6th form is friendly, and a nice place to be. C A N Y O U A N S W E R Y E S T O A N Y O F T H E F O L L O W I N G? Do you want to enter Higher/Further Education University/Specialist Colleges? Do you want to seek employment at 18 in retail management, industry, insurance, banking, the armed forces, etc? Do you require extra qualifications for specific careers such as nursing, fire service, police force etc? Do you feel you need additional qualifications and would benefit from continuing your education where you already know staff and students? Do you wish to gain vocational qualifications and look for employment whilst at college? I F S O T H I S C O U L D B E T H E R I G H T S T E P F O R Y O U! Do you look forward to working with increased independence, organising your study time and taking responsibility for your own learning? Do you want to be a senior student in a college? We can provide opportunities for doing all of the above and look forward to you joining us!

4 N E W C O L L E G E L E I C E S T E R Page 4 Y O U R T I M E T A B L E You will be given an individual timetable which reflects your choices and includes tutorial, pastoral support programme, study support and enrichment. The college day starts at 8.50 am and ends at approximately 3.30 pm depending on what you choose to study. There will be time during the working day when you are not timetabled to be in lessons. This time should be used wisely. You can choose to work in the 6th form ICT base or study areas, Learning Resource Centre or in one of the subject-based study areas around the college. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A NEW COLLEGE STUDENT 8.50 am Arrive at college am Tutorial e.g. Discussions with your tutor about your progress; goal setting Period 1 Period 2 E.g. ICT/ Hair & Beauty/ Sport Break Period 3 Lunch Period 4 Canteen/common room Study lesson working in the ICT learning lounge or post 16 study room Canteen/common room Media Studies/Art / Photography Period 5 Enrichment e.g. Mentor Yr 7, First Aid, Food Hygiene Certificate

5 N E W C O L L E G E L E I C E S T E R Page 5 C O U R S E S O N O F F E R The courses we offer at New College, are explained in the final section of the prospectus. If you would like to study here and we are not currently offering one of the subjects you would like to follow please discuss this with Mrs Tomkins as we may be able to accommodate you through links with other colleges. Please apply for your courses here as normal. O P T I O N S O P E N T O Y O U The pathway you follow will depend on your starting point. Below is a simple guide to help you choose. Step 1 If you have... 5 or more grade A* - C or above including English 4 or 5 GCSE s at grade D or above including English Level 3 Level 2 Type of course Advanced Programme AS/A2/ Applied A Levels: Intermediate Programme Beauty * Step 2 Art Business Studies Media Studies Visual Media Early Years Hairdressing Public Services (photography) GCSE Maths Vocational Diplomas: BTEC National ICT GCSE English Functional Skills ICT Beauty Hair and Beauty Diploma Extended Project Extended Project Step 3 Course Length AS 1 Year A2 2 Years 1 Year *2 years Step 4 Next steps University Employment Apprenticeships 2 year advanced Programme at New College or employment

6 N E W C O L L E G E L E I C E S T E R Page 6 E N R I C H M E N T A C T I V I T I E S E X T E N D E D S T U D I E S During your time here you will have the opportunity to engage in many other activities from charity events, to trips, to working with our younger students as well as gaining additional qualifications. You may even be paid for your help too! S I X T H F O R M S O C I E T Y We are looking for student volunteers to get involved in the society. This will be a group of students who arrange social events, trips and other extra-curricular activities so that the sixth formers grow as a community. A very exciting time, this will cater for all your interests, and become YOUR society.

7 Y O U R F U T U R E S U C C E S S C O N T I N U E S H E R E Page 7 H E R E T O S U P P O R T Your Tutor plays an important part in helping you to make the very best use of your time in the Sixth Form and is the key member of staff who will: See you regularly for a one-to-one tutorial Monitor your course progress and target setting Liaise with your parents/carers regarding your progress Help you to organise your day, regarding study, deadlines, time management Support you with your course/s Prepare you for your future and equip you for life beyond NCL, whether this is university or employment. Y O U R S U P P O R T T E A M Chirag Patel Sancha Wallis

8 L E I C E S T E R C I T Y Page 8 Y O U R F U T U R E S U C C E S S C O N T I N U E S H E R E Courses on offer - Level 3 You can choose any of these pathways... Advanced Programme AS/A2/ Applied A Levels: Art Business Studies Media Studies Visual Media (photography) Vocational Diplomas: BTEC National ICT BTEC National Sport Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies Hairdressing

9 Page 9 Page 9 A R T What does the course involve? This course is designed to encourage a broad approach to Art, which will allow you to develop a sound grounding in a number of areas while still exploring the subject in depth. The course will build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE. All aspects of our course will be studied in the Art Department mostly in the designated 6th Form Studio. You will have a different member of staff for each unit initially. Projects will be set for each unit and deadlines strictly adhered to. How will I be assessed? AS Year 1 A2 - Year 2 There are two units to this qualification: A2 is the progression from AS level and includes: Research Projects 2D and 3D Final Exam Research Project Personal Study Final Exam All units will be marked by your own teachers and then moderated by the examining board, OCR. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as History of Art or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Art and Design, which could lead onto higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. What are the entry requirements? 5 A* - Cs or equivalent and you have achieved a grade C or above in Art at GCSE. Progression routes With further training at degree level, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior Designer, Artist or fashion designer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. Further information can be found by contacting Mr Burman, Expressive Arts Department.

10 Page 10 B U S I N E S S S T U D I ES What does the course involve? If you are interested in running your own business or you want to find out about the World of Business then this is the course for you! You will investigate the Global Economy and the nature of business activity. You will also look at selling and marketing tools whilst considering the brand image of an organisation. You will also consider the effects of a business activity on employment and how government policy affects the way Businesses operate and interact with each other. During Lessons, you will be asked to research and present your findings. Your lessons will be both interactive and varied, allowing you to experience the world of business in the classroom. Working to deadlines and high expectations will be part and parcel of your business experience. How will I be assessed? The course will be assessed by the submission of several pieces of coursework over two years Year 1 E-Commerce Global Marketing Business & Enterprise Year 2 Business and Legislation ICT and Commerce What are the entry requirements? 5A* - Cs or equivalent and or successful completion of GCSE Business Studies or a BTEC First course. Progression routes With a qualification in Business Studies you could go onto Higher Education. You may also choose to follow an industrial apprenticeship scheme. You could enter the world of industry and use your base of experience from business studies and develop your entrepreneurial skills on the job.

11 Page 11 M E D I A S T U D I E S What does the course involve? AS Media Studies is a one year introduction to the different forms of media produced in contemporary / modern society. You will have the opportunity to explore every form of media and its effects. You will discuss upon them and the audiences reached by different media including: film, television, advertising, radio and the Internet. The course is ideally followed by the A2 in the second year and is of benefit to anyone considering a job in the media, PR or even fashion or animation. The in college taught sessions will consist of shared reading / exploration of media texts (including film and television), discussion and note-taking, but these should be complemented by regular self-study at home. It is advised that at least 5 hours of independent work per week is done in order to consolidate work and research the topics being studied. This self-study will also include coursework-writing and preparation for this. Reading the Media; AS Year 1 A2 - Year 2 - Genre study: Textual topics in contemporary media; - Practical production. Further genre study: Textual topics in contemporary media; - Independent study (pre-production); - Critical analysis. How will I be assessed? The WJEC syllabus will be followed and is assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. What are the entry requirements? 5 A* C grades at GCSE including GCSE in English C or above. You must also be willing to participate in class discussions and be motivated to work independently. In order to progress to A2, you must first complete the AS course. Progression routes You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which could lead onto higher education to study Media, related courses, or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to media. Further information can be found by contacting Ms Marsden, English Department.

12 Page 12 A S / A 2 V I S U A L M E D I A ( P H O T O G R A P H Y ) What does the course involve? This course involves an introduction to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic techniques. You will use digital and traditional techniques to produce images. All elements of this course are studied in the Art Department s specialist facilities including the designated VI form studio, digital suites and darkroom. There will also be many photographic assignments outside the normal college environment. You are required to work in one or more areas of the following:- Portraiture Landscape Working from objects man made or natural Experimental imagery A key aspect of the work is in the use of sketchbooks/workbooks/journals. There is however no specific requirement for students to demonstrate drawing skills. How will I be assessed? AS Year 1 A2 - Year 2 Research projects Final exam 1. Research Project 2. Personal Study 3. Final Exam All units will be marked by your own teachers and then moderated by the examining board, OCR. What are the entry requirements? 5A* - C s or equivalent. It would also be helpful if you have studied an Art & Design or Technology subject at GCSE level but this is not a requirement. Progression routes With a qualification in visual media/photography you could go onto Higher Education, Art foundation course or work in the ever expanding media industry. Further information can be found by contacting Mr Burman, Art Department.

13 Page 13 B T E C N A T I O N A L D I P L O M A H E A L T H & S O C I A L C A R E What does the course involve? You will look be looking at a range of sectors within Health, Social Care, Early Years, Community Justice, and Pathways that reflect the vocational nature of these areas of expertise and profession. You will also be expected to provide evidence of having spent time on a placement within one or more of the sectors. You will be studying a varying number of units these will make up your qualification over 2 years (6 units per year). How will I be assessed? Assessment is coursework based. At present the qualification is being developed further to enable students even more choice and to help them prepare fully for the career pathway (see first paragraph) they may wish to follow. This will be from September What are the entry requirements? 5A* - C s or equivalent. Successful completion of a BTEC First course or equivalent. ICT skills would be an advantage, but not essential. Progression routes Higher Education courses relating to the chosen pathway or entry into world of work. These could include teaching, nursing, midwifery, community justice system, NHS management programme, police, paramedic, social worker. Further information can be found by contacting Mrs Turner, Vocational Education Faculty, NCL.

14 Page 14 B T E C N A T I O N A L D I P L O M A ICT What does the course involve? You will look at a range of ICT based investigations from E-Commerce through to Ergonomics in a modern working space. You will be required to investigate the nature of ICT and how technology is changing the way we live our everyday lives and how ICT was once only available to the few and is now available to all. You will also be asked to investigate an ICT based issue of your choice, where you will produce a professional report and presentation. You will study the following units in year one: 1. Unit 1 ICT in Business 2. Unit 3 Information Systems 3. Unit 2 Computer Systems 4. Unit 4 IT Project (double unit) 5. Unit 34 E-commerce How will I be assessed? You will be assessed by the submission of 6 pieces of coursework in year one What are the entry requirements? 5A* - C s or equivalent. Successful completion of a BTEC first course. It would also be helpful if you have studied an ICT subject at GCSE level but this is not a requirement. Progression routes With a single or double A Level award in ICT, you will be able to pursue a course in higher education, follow an industrial apprenticeship scheme and / or enter the world of work. Further information can be found by contacting Mr Patel, ICT & Business Department.

15 Page 15 D I P L O M A I N H A I R & B E A U T Y S T U D I E S What does the course involve? The Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies will give you an insight into the world of hair, beauty and related therapies. This inspiring course will motivate you and boost your confidence to provide extended knowledge within the area. You will experience working with your peers, employers and salon owners. The course is relevant to the modern day industry and will open up a wide range of educational, training and career opportunities. You should consider this course if: You are looking for an alternative to A level You want a qualification with variety You want to learn more about hair and beauty and related therapies You want a clear progression route You want excellent employment prospects. You want to widen your education journey You want to take part in a minimum of 10 days work experience What will I learn? The Hair and Beauty studies have three main aspects: 1. Principal learning 2. Additional or specialist learning 3. Generic learning Principal learning- units you must cover: Business Location and Design for Hair and Beauty Events Management for Hair and Beauty Hair and Beauty Products- from Concept to Consumer- Product, Research, Design and Development within Hair and Beauty Exploring Business Management within Hair and Beauty Exploring Media and Image within Hair and Beauty Exploring the world of Spas Business enterprise, planning and finance within Hair and Beauty Cosmetic Science Additional or Specialist learning topics- you could chose from the following or study another subject such as an A Level? Maintaining Personal Health and Wellbeing Make and Incorporate a Hair Addition into a Hair Design Creative Hair Designs Anatomical and physiological knowledge of the Body Systems Origins, Principles and Theories of Massage Introduction to Media Make-up Introduction to Camouflage Make-up Advanced Nail Art and Hand Decoration Explore the principles and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Explore Technological Developments within Hair, Beauty and Associated Areas Human Resource Management for Hair and Beauty Businesses

16 Generic learning Here you will develop your skills in English, Maths and ICT this will be called Functional skills, along with developing your personal learning and thinking skills PLTS and complete a project which shows your skills and knowledge of your subject. For example you may choose a specialist learning area and extend research further? Where will I learn? You will study both at school or college and at New College Leicester. You will also take part in visits to Hair and Beauty events, salons, product companies and universities who offer degrees in Hair, Beauty and Spa Therapies. You will also be required to take part in 10 days of work experience with a company or companies who specialise in an aspect of Hair and Beauty. You may for example decide to spend your 10 days at one company or you may decide to use a different one for each day! How will I be taught? You will have the opportunities to experience different styles of learning in different environments: hair salons, beauty salons, science labs and classrooms. Employers that you work for will also set projects and exercises that you will complete as individual or in groups. How will I be assessed? Most units will be assessed by your tutors and will be based on your performance during practical and theory lessons, observation of work, portfolio of evidence and written assessments. What can I do after this course? On completion of your level 3 Diploma, opportunities open to you are: Foundation Degree Advanced Apprenticeship Customer Service Junior Stylist/Therapist Receptionist NVQ/VQ Level 3 AS/A level Employment in related sectors e.g. health and fitness, retail BCs (Honours) Salon management HNC/D Higher National Certificate/Diploma NVQ/VQ Level 4 Improver Stylist/Therapist Salon Technician TV and Film Assistant Trainee Manager Manufacturer Technician Supervisor Hair and Beauty Industry Sales and Marketing Which employers will I be working with? Visits will involve many employers, however the ones you will closely work with will be attached to the college of your choice, and these will be discussed during your induction. Entry Requirements / Skills needed: To be successful on this course, you are required to have GCSEs or equivalent in 5 subjects at grade C or above, including English Language, this can include a Higher Level Diploma in Hair & Beauty or an NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing / Beauty Therapy. You will need to have a keen interest in Hair & Beauty areas particularly the business and management side and be considering a future in a related field. Page 16

17 Page 17 N V Q L E V E L 3 - H A I R D R E S S I N G L A D I E S What does the course involve? If you have gained your NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing and want to work towards achieving a recognised and advanced qualification and gain more job opportunities, New College Leicester can offer you this Level 3 course. The qualification is aimed at junior hairdressing salon stylists wishing to progress to the preferred industrial qualification and gain maximum occupational competence. This is the third level of qualification leading to other qualifications at levels 4 and above. This award is classed as the standard of excellence. The aims of the course are to provide the specialism and expertise required of this creative and fast moving industry. You will study all practical aspects of your course within our commercial hairdressing salon, working along side Level 1 and 2 students. Learning theory will also be part of your course and you will also receive tutorials on a regular basis to review progress. The course will consist of fifteen hours per week, plus ten hours of private study. The full Level 3 qualification compromises of the following mandatory seven units to which you must add another two optional units: G1 Health and Safety G9 Provide hairdressing consultation services H27 Create a variety of looks using a combination of cutting techniques G6 Promote additional products for services to clients H24 Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills H25 Style and dress hair to achieve a variety of creative looks H26 Style and dress long hair H28 Colour correction H30 Advanced colour techniques How will I be assessed? Each of the above units will be assessed both by practical and written observation. Written observation will include assignments, which involve research tasks, plus a test paper for each unit. Head Start What are the entry requirements? Level 2 NVQ in Hairdressing or equivalent. Progression routes A job as a stylist, your own business mobile or a salon or the cruise liners, hotels or further studying, for example: Level 4 Foundation Degree Salon Management (University of Derby or Birmingham) Level 5 BA (Hons) Spa Management (University of Derby or Birmingham) Further information can be found by contacting Mrs Harwood-Scott, Hair & Beauty Department.

18 Page 18 N V Q L E V E L 3 - BEA U T Y T H E R A P Y What does the course involve? A full time course, if you have gained your NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy or have 5 GCSE Grades C or above in English, Science and want to work towards achieving a recognised and advanced qualification and gain more job opportuni- What are the aims of the course? Our team of experienced teachers that will share the City & Guilds Awarding Body vision and plans with you as an advanced student. It is professional for you as a student to gain an understanding of the concept of What will be learnt? Body massage Indian head massage Pre blended aromatherapy massage Hot stone therapy Complete over 85% attendances in all lessons & work experience Health & Safety Financial planning Effective business Throughout their studies students will gain an insight into careers and working life. Students will also study PSHEE, Enrichment Studies and attend group/individual tutorials. Attending approx 16 hours a week on time ready to work Wearing your clean uniform and no jewellery, as a smart appearance is essential Working hard towards you theory, homework and exams, as well as practically for each unit. Attending all your timetabled classes Showing motivation and enthusiasm towards you progress and achievements. Achievements enhance your learning. How will I be assessed? Each of the above units will be assessed both by practical and written observation. Written observation will include assignments, which involve research tasks, plus a test paper for each unit. Progression routes what happens when you have finished? A job as a therapist; your own business mobile or a salon or the cruise liners, hotels or further studying is available e.g.: Level 4 Foundation Degree Salon Management (University of Derby or Birmingham Level 5 BA(Hons) Spa Management (University of Derby or Birmingham

19 L E I C E S T E R C I T Y Page 19 Y O U R F U T U R E S U C C E S S C O N T I N U E S H E R E Courses on offer - Level 2 You can choose any of these pathways... Intermediate Programme Beauty Therapy Early Years Hairdressing Ladies Diploma in Hair & Beauty Studies

20 Page 20 N V Q L E V E L 2 - BEA U T Y T H E R A P Y What does the course involve? Our experienced teachers that teach Beauty Therapy will share the City & Guilds Awarding Body vision and plans with you as a student in a well equipped beauty studio. This course offers a complete vocational experience for students and includes opportunities for work placement in specific areas related to society and beauty therapy. You will study a range of units to enable you to achieve a City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy Certificate. What units will I study? 8 mandatory units and 1 optional unit including: Included in our qualification - enrichment activities - opportunities for trips/courses to be enjoyed: G1 Health & Safety G6 Promotions of products & services G8 Teamwork BT4 Facials BT5 Eye Treatments BT6 Waxing BT7 Manicures BT8 Pedicures BT9 Make-up Application Work experience for 2 weeks Salon International plus The Alternative Hair Show - London Priadara Product Training Teacher Day at University of Lincoln, students become teachers for the day (with supervision) Steiner s Cruise Liner Recruitment Clothes Show at the NEC, Ear piercing Certificate Open Day at University Presentation at University of Birmingham for Spa Management Residential stay at University of Lincoln, Experience Student Life Fake Bake Training How will I be assessed? Each of the above units will be assessed both by practical and written observation. Written observation will include assignments, which involve research tasks, plus a test paper for each unit. What are the entry requirements? 5 A* - Es or equivalent at GCSE. In addition you will need to be willing to work with a range of people. Progression routes You could work as a junior beauty therapist, mobile therapist, beauty consultant or further studying is available, to be able to gain a more challenging job for example: City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy, Advanced Techniques Level 4 Foundation Degree Salon Management (University of Derby or Birmingham) Level 5 BA (Hons) Spa Management (University of Derby or Birmingham) Further information can be found by contacting Mrs Harwood-Scott, Hair & Beauty Department.

21 T H E H I G H E R D I P L O M A I N H A I R & B E A U T Y Page 21 What does the course involve? The Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies will give you an insight into the world of hair, beauty and related therapies. This inspiring course will motivate you and ensure your basic skills within the area. You will experience working with your peers, employers and salon owners. The course is relevant to the modern day industry and will open up a wide range of educational, training and career opportunities. You will also be able to develop your Maths, English and ICT. You should consider this course if; You are looking for an alternative to GCSE You want a qualification with variety You want to learn more about Hair and Beauty and Related Therapies You want a clear progression route You want excellent employment prospects You want to widen your education journey You want to take part in a minimum of 10 days work experience What will I learn? - The Hair and Beauty studies have three main aspects: Principal learning- units you must cover: Safe and healthy working practices The world of hair and beauty The science of hair and beauty The art of basic communication and client care The history of hair and beauty in society Introduction to promoting and selling products and services by professional recommendation Salon systems- business systems and processes Exploring skin care and make up Exploring hair care and styling Exploring hand care and nail art Additional or Specialist learning topics- you could chose from the following or study another subject such as a GCSE Investigating Perming Techniques Create an image based on a theme Facial care for men Investigate relaxing and chemically straightening hair Discover the art of colouring hair Foot care Body art design The art of dressing hair The art of make up Introduction to tanning techniques Introduction to head massage Further information can be found by contacting Mrs Harwood-Scott, Hair & Beauty Department.

22 T H E H I G H E R D I P L O M A I N H A I R & B E A U T Y C O N T I N U E D Page 22 Generic learning Here you will develop your skills in English, Maths and ICT this will be called Functional skills, along with developing your personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS) and complete a project which shows your skills and knowledge of your subject. Eg. you may research in depth how colouring products are made or create a portfolio of modern designs based on an era. Where will I learn? You will study both at school or college and at New College Leicester. You will also part in visits to Hair and Beauty events, salons, product companies and universities who offer degrees in Hair, Beauty and Spa Therapies. You will also be required to take part in 10 days of work experience with a company or companies who specialise in an aspect of Hair and Beauty. You may for example decide to spend your 10 days at one company or you may decide to use a different one for each day! How will I be taught? You will have opportunities to experience different styles of learning in different environments: hair salons, beauty salons, science labs, and classrooms. Employers that you work for will also set projects and exercises that you will complete as an individual or in groups. How will I be assessed? Most units will be assessed by your tutors and will be based on your performance during practical and theory lessons, observation of work, portfolio evidence, and written assessments. What can I do after this course? On completion of your level 2 Diploma, opportunities open to you are: Educational Diploma Apprenticeship Diploma level 3 Salon Assistant Receptionist NVQ/VQ Level 2 AS/A level Junior Stylist/Therapist Advanced Apprenticeship Customer services assistant Salon Technician Salon junior Trainee customer Service Assistant Employment in related sectors e.g. health and fitness, retail Which employers will I be working with? Visits will involve many employers, however the ones you will closely work with will be attached to the college of your choice, these will be discussed during your induction. What is this course worth? The qualification is equivalent to 7 GCSEs A*-C. Entry requirements / skills needed. It is important you have: An interest in Hair & Beauty studies A good attendance and punctuality record A good behaviour record Adequate literacy and numeracy skills The Higher Level 2 Diploma is for those who are working towards GCSE grades A*-C

23 Page 23 D E V E L O P I N G S K I L L S F O R E A R L Y Y E A R S P R A C T I C E What does the course involve? The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Developing Skills for Early Years Practice is for anyone who wants to work with children age 0-8 years. The award is designed to give you the required skills and confidence that you will need. This is a one year full time course. A placement with children in a nursery or a similar setting is an essential part of the course. This will give you the hands-on skills needed when working with children, in addition to the knowledge you will gain in the classroom. This is covered in four main units: Unit 1: The physical care and development of the child Unit 2: Working with young children Unit 3: Emotional and social development Unit 4: Preparing for employment with young children You will also have to complete 2 option units: Work with children in a preschool setting. Support the work of preschool playgroup in the community. How will I be assessed? All coursework will be assessed by the Early Years tutor to check knowledge and understanding against the standards set in the qualification. Work experience placements in a child care setting will be assessed by direct observation by tutor and work place. What are the entry requirements? There are no specific recommended requirements but students must be able to meet the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of the qualification. Students must be of a caring nature with a willingness to learn. Progression routes Having gained the certificate, you may progress to other qualifications such as the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (DCE) or, once working, to the Level 3 NVQ in Early Years Care and Education. The Level 2 NCFE trains you to work in a job as an assistant, where you will work under supervision. Jobs could include: Nursery assistant Pre-school assistant Crèche assistant Parent / toddler group assistant Toy library worker Mother help Au pair Further information can be found by contacting

24 Page 24 C I T Y & G U I L D S N V Q L E V E L 2 H A I R D R E S S I N G What does the course involve? This course offers a complete vocational experience for students and includes opportunities for work placement in specific areas related to society and hairdressing. Our team of experienced hairdressers are also teachers that share the City & Guilds Awarding Body vision and plans with you as a student so it s easier for you to gain an understanding of the concept of hairdressing and for you to work towards achieving the qualification. What will be learnt? 9 units including: G1 Health & Safety G5 Positive impressions G6 Promotion of products and services G7 Advise and consult with client H6 Cut hair with basic techniques H9 Shampoo and condition hair and scalp, style H10 Style, dress and finish hair using basic techniques H12 Perming techniques H13 Change hair colour using basic techniques Included in our qualification - are enrichment activities opportunities including; Work experience for 2 weeks Salon International plus The Alternative Hair Show - London Clothes Show, NEC Ear piercing Certificate Joico Product Training New College Leicester Certificate in Hair Extensions Open Day at University Presentation at University of Birmingham for Spa Management Residential stay at University of Lincoln, Experience Student Life Teacher Day at University of Lincoln, students become teachers for the day How will I be assessed? Each of the above units will be assessed both by practical and written observation. Written observation will include assignments, which involve research tasks, plus a test paper for each unit. What are the entry requirements? Level 1 NVQ in Hairdressing or equivalent. Head Start Progression Routes You will be able to get a job such as, a junior stylist in a salon, a mobile hairdresser, an apprentice Level 3 Hairdresser within a salon or study further for more demanding job opportunities. For example: City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing, Advanced Techniques at New College Leicester Level 4 Foundation Degree Salon Management (University of Derby or Birmingham) Level 5 BA (Hons) Spa Management (University of Derby or Birmingham) Further information can be found by contacting Mrs Harwood-Scott, Hair & Beauty Department.

25 BTEC First Diploma: Public Services Page 25 Course Length: One Year Qualification Level: Level 2 This course is designed to equip you for a career in the Police Force, Ambulance and Fire Service, the Armed Forces (Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force), the Territorial Army or as a Special Constable. The uniformed public services are essential aspects of our modern society. This course enable learners to gain the skills and insight, and prepare them to perform effectively within one of these professions. What does the course involve? A practical related course aimed at people who are hoping to gain an insight into the roles and activities of the uniformed public services, and the skills required for entry into these organisations. It will cover theory, and practical aspects of service life. It consists of six units including: fitness, expedition skills and public services skills that are related to public service employment. How will I be assessed? Assessment is continuous. What are the entry requirements? Four GCSEs at grade D to G (or equivalent qualifications) including English Language and Maths Progression routes Upon successful completion you could chose either to progress to the BTEC National Diploma in Public Services or other Level 3 courses providing you meet their entry requirements, or, you can progress directly into the Uniformed Public Services depending on their recruitment criteria. Further information can be found by contacting Mrs Tomkins Head of Post 16.

26 F R E Q U E N T L Y A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S Page 26 Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Can I apply even if I don t attend New College? A Yes you can students have joined us from all over the county and city. Can I study a subject if I haven t taken it at GCSE? A Yes, although some subjects do require experience and a certain level of GCSE in certain subjects. See individual course details. I can t decide what courses to write on my application form? A Don t worry. We can talk about this at interview. What happens if I m offered a place at College but I don t get my grades? A Don t panic! When we receive your results, we will be able to discuss with you your options. What about money? A There are no tuition/examination fees if you are a home or EU student under 19 and meet the requirements. All necessary books and equipment are available on free loan. You may be eligible for educational maintenance allowance. What is Induction Week? A This is when you will be invited in to talk to your tutor and complete a few forms. You will also have your photograph taken so make sure you look good! Would there be a reason for the course not to run and be cancelled? A Yes if not enough people opt for this course, then it would not be viable to keep the course running for that current year. Can I get careers advice at College? A We have a Connexions Office in the library where you can make an appointment to EMA is provided by the Learning and Skills Council and is monitored and managed by the College Q. What is it for? A. To help cover the day to day costs that you will meet on your Post 16 course. Q. Am I entitled to EMA funding? A. EMA is means tested, dependent on household income. Q. If I am eligible, how can I be sure I will receive my weekly allowance? A. 100% attendance at registration 100% attendance at lessons NO PAYMENT FOR SICKNESS Advance authorized absence e.g. doctors appointment, funeral of close family Q. How can I be sure of receiving my 2 bonus payments of 100 in January and July? A. You need to make progress on your chosen course, linked to the Student s Learning Agreement in terms of: Meeting contractual arrangements of your school/college, e.g. coursework, deadlines, homework s, internal exams, external exam results, termly assessments etc. and have met attendance criteria.

27 H O W D O I A P P L Y? Page 27 Complete LECAP Form Completed form received by New College Invited for baseline assessment Invitation to interview Letter sent detailing offer You will also receive various mailings after the interview, advising you of induction dates, any equipment that is required and a start date. During an induction you will be introduced to your personal tutor who will act as your guide and mentor during your time here at New College.

28 L E I C E S T E R C I T Y Y O U R F U T U R E S U C C E S S C O N T I N U E S H E R E New College Leicester 6th Form Prospectus And Finally.... Start thinking now about what you are going to be doing in September Develop an Action Plan and put your thoughts and ideas on paper. Discuss your ideas and ambitions with your parents. Honestly assess your potential you should know yourself better than anyone else. Know your predicted GCSE grades from your teachers. Do not leave decisions until the deadline for your completed application form rushed and hasty decisions can frequently go very wrong. Make every determined effort to get the maximum benefit out of your GCSE courses. Hard work and sound revision will pay off. Remember For any further information please do not hesitate to give us a call here at the College on and ask for Mrs Tomkins who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We wish you every success in your GCSEs!

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