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1 GUIDE TO STUDYING PART-TIME 2014 / 2015

2 A guide to studying part-time 2014/15 Welcome New Skills. New prospects. New career. We offer a wide range of part-time courses to help you get ahead at work, change your career direction and expand your knowledge. Whether you re a beginner or postgraduate we offer a variety of levels so it won t be hard to find the perfect fit for you. You may be thinking how on earth you ll fit in a part-time course with all the other things going on in your life. We understand this completely so offer flexible courses, dates and times to suit you. These are updated throughout the year so to see what could fit in with your lifestyle check our website at /part-time Interested? Well here s a brief rundown of the types of courses we offer, the financial support available and how to enrol. For the latest part-time courses visit /part-time

3 A guide to studying part-time 2014/15 What kind of courses do we offer? Want to get back into work? These are refreshed throughout the year so the best place to check what s on offer is our website /part-time If you are currently out of work we can help you get back into employment. There will be a selection to choose from at various levels including courses in: We work with employers (with current vacancies available locally) such as Tesco, Aldi and McDonalds and offer tailored pre-employment courses giving you the skills and qualifications they want to help you on the way to your new career. It s often the Accounting Care Creative and Digital Business Beauty Therapy Sport Construction Trades Engineering Catering Teacher Training Computing Public Services Much, much more Why not consider a Traineeship? A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving you the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement. A Traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an Apprenticeship or other job. With it you can build your CV and get vital experience with local and national employers. Employers are always at the centre of a Traineeship to ensure they give you the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment. At the end of the work experience placement you ll get a job interview with the company if a role becomes available or a reference and an exit interview. If you re interested in a Traineeship, call the Learning Unlimited Recruitment Team on Interested? Contact the Work Skills Team for more information on Workskills case that these employers guarantee an interview to those who have attended our pre-employment courses. Case study: Over two thirds of our pre-employment students, delivered on behalf of McDonalds, successfully secured a job.

4 A guide to studying part-time 2014/15 Apprenticeships no matter your age you can still apply There has been a huge increase in the popularity of Apprenticeships recently as they offer the skills that employers want without having to sit in a classroom all day to get them. Plus you earn while you learn! You learn while you earn out in the workplace, picking up qualifications as you go. They take between one and four years to complete and cover job roles in areas ranging from social media to retail, construction to beauty therapy. We offer over 35 different Apprenticeship qualifications and our Recruitment Team are on hand to provide support to help you find the role you want whilst supporting you with your application and interview preparation. Maths and English Courses If you ve always wanted to improve your Maths and English skills we have the course for you. We offer FREE Maths and English qualifications to help develop your reading, writing and number skills which in turn will boost your CV and open up opportunities for further studies and employment. To find out more about the courses, when they are running and how to apply call the Student Services Team on or For more information, contact our Learning Unlimited Recruitment Team on For the latest part-time courses visit /part-time

5 A guide to studying part-time 2014/15 Community College A simple, easy way to learn new skills Over we re launching what we like to call Community College, an informal and enjoyable way of picking up new skills and talents through evening and Saturday classes. There will be a wide variety of classes on offer ranging from making Sushi to learning Zumba so there really will be something for everyone. Classes will be fun and informal and are something that we ve designed to bring the community together. To find out more about our Community College offer stay tuned to our website We even do University Level and Professional Courses We offer a variety of University Level qualifications meaning you don t have to travel further afield to get that all-important HND or Degree. Whether it s on a part-time or full-time basis, we have courses to suit your needs, whether it s to progress your career or to gain employment in the first place. A vast majority of our University Level courses are delivered at our peaceful Tapton House campus and always by expert tutors with years of industry experience. Courses are available across a wide range of subjects including Sport, Health, Management, Education, Computing, Psychology and Criminal Justice. For the latest part-time courses visit /part-time To find out more visit

6 A guide to studying part-time 2014/15 Guidance Team Unsure which course to study or feel confused about the qualifications you need for a certain career? Our Guidance Team are always on hand to offer confidential interviews to help you understand how you can get to where you want to be. Maybe they can help you realise where that is in the first place! You may be eligible for help with fees and costs! If you re worried about the cost of a course then we offer a number of funding options to help: 24+ Advanced Learning Loan Fee remission* may be possible if your household income is less than 24,000 (if you live with your parents we only take your income into account not theirs). It s important that if you re applying for fee remission that you provide proof of your income at your enrolment or your application will be delayed. Payment by instalments Higher Education Loan Employer sponsorship If you would like to arrange an interview or speak to one of our team please contact us on or alternatively Student Services Supporting you Life doesn t just stop when you start to study again, we know that. That s why we have a Student Services Team to help you any time before and during your studies. They can support you with a wide range of issues such as: Advice around financial support available whilst on your course Personal counselling and support Additional assistance for students with physical and learning disabilities Help with your travel arrangements Support with childcare If there is anything you are not sure about, or if you would like to make a confidential appointment, you can contact the Student Services Team on * Fee remissions are subject to students meeting the Skills Funding Agency s Learner Eligibility criteria and providing the appropriate evidence of benefits and income where applicable. To find out if you re eligible for any help with your course fees call our Student Records Team on

7 A guide to studying part-time 2014/15 Student Loans for Higher Education Courses Introducing the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan If you re applying for a University Level course in 2014/15 you re entitled to take out a student loan from the Student Loan Company (SLC). The money is repaid once your course has been completed and when you re earning over 21,000. You can apply online now at The following student loans are available: A tuition fee loan for full-time and part-time students A maintenance grant to pay living costs for full-time students only If your employer currently sponsors you then they may wish to pay a proportion of the course fee and request you pay the remainder. You can then take out a student loan to pay this share of the tuition fee. Are there any extra costs? Please note that you will need to pay for any materials, uniforms or trips associated with your course. These vary from course to course and you can find out more when you make your initial enquiry. To discuss the best way to pay your course fees contact our Student Records Team on If you re 24 or over, starting a Level 3 or Level 4 course, and you are a UK resident, you may qualify for one of these loans. This also includes some of our Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships. You won t even have to pay back a penny until you re earning over 21,000 a year! It s really easy to apply online, your household income isn t taken into account and there s no credit check. There are no upfront costs and the loan will cover all tuition and exam fees, it really is that easy. Repaying your 24+ Advanced Learning Loan is so straight forward. First of all you only start paying back your loan after you start earning over 21,000 a year, 1,750 per month or 404 per week. Your monthly repayments will be based on your income, not your loan amount. You ll only pay back 9% of any income above 21,000 a year, see the table below for a guide to repayment. Income each year before tax Monthly salary Up to 21,000 1, ,000 1, ,000 2, ,000 2, ,000 2, ,000 3, Monthly repayment How can I pay for my course if I m not eligible for a 24+ loan? Instalments - You may be able to pay for your course fees by Standing Order over four equal instalments. The course must be a minimum of 100 and last longer than 12 weeks. The first payment is due at enrolment, and will be followed by a further 3 instalments. The instalments are due on the first of the month, for the following 3 months. In a lump sum at enrolment By cash, cheque, credit or debit card. By invoice to your employer/sponsor A letter of authorisation will be required from your employer or sponsor to include your name and date of birth, detailing the course and the fees your employer will pay on letter headed company paper. If your loan is to cover the fees for an Access to Higher Education course and you progress to complete and achieve a university-level (higher education) course, you will not have to pay back your 24+ Advanced Learning Loan for your access course. Who do I contact for further advice about fees? You can call our Student Records Team on and they will make sure you speak to the right person regarding the fees.

8 A guide to studying part-time 2014/15 How to enrol We re enrolling now! You can: Find out course information by calling our Enquiry Line on or visiting /part-time An appointment can be arranged with our Guidance Team or a course tutor if you need more advice, information or would like a tour Come to enrolment Some of our courses require an interview, please check online or when you contact us. What you need to bring to enrolment: You will need to bring at least one form of ID and two proofs of address. For further information on what to bring, visit /enrol or call Student Services on IF APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL HELP IT S ESSENTIAL THAT YOU BRING PROOF OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD INCOME AND PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION TO ENROLMENT OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. For our latest part-time courses visit /part-time

9 A guide to studying part-time 2014/15 For our latest part-time courses visit /part-time Chesterfield College Infirmary Road Chesterfield S41 7NG

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