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16 Prospectus
Full-Time FurTher educaTion courses
Watford, Kings Langley and Hemel Hempstead

                            2009-10
“Join us and you are joining a community
 where our students are valued as
 individuals and encouraged as learners.”
                    our students are our inspiration.
                    at West herts college we celebrate
                    success in the widest sense: from
                    achieving great results in exams and
                    coursework, to going that extra mile
                    to overcome personal challenges.
                    We’re here for you whatever your plans.
                    it’s your future – let ambition and
                    interests be your guide.

                    elizabeth rushton, college Principal
Contents
The college                                Courses
It’s your world                       2    A Levels                           30
Where learning comes to life          4    Art and Design                     36
Open events 2008-2009                 5    Art, Media and Photography         44
Your study choices                    6    Business Studies                   49
Routes to success                     7    Care and Early Years               53
What is the new Diploma?              8    Construction Skills                58
Cassio campus and                          Engineering Skills                 64
Watford Sixth Form Centre             10   Forensic Science                   67
Creative thinking at Watford campus   12   Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy    69
Construction and Engineering Centre        Hospitality and Catering           73
in Kings Langley                      14
                                           Information Technology             79
Dacorum campus in Hemel Hempstead 16
                                           Performing Arts and Music          83
New campus opening in 2010            18
                                           Retail                             90
Supporting your learning              20
                                           Sport and Public Services          94
Learning resources                    22
                                           Centre of Sports Excellence        100
Student support                       23
                                           Travel and Tourism                 103
Parents and carers                    24
                                           Foundation Studies                 105
Celebrating success awards            26
                                           Access to Higher Education         108
Your choices at 18+                   27
                                           Apprenticeships and Get On         113
Travelling to College                 28

                                           Applying
                                           How to apply                       116
                                           Application form                   117
                                           I’ve applied, what happens next?   119




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It’s your world...




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Open up a world of possibilities with West Herts College. Our
courses build the skills you need for modern life and career
success. Ofsted agree and rate us highly – as a good College
where people receive good support and guidance.
It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re going that
                                                                                                           9 out of 10 of our
counts. Join us and be who you want to be.                                                                 current learners
                                                                                                           say they would
                                                                                                           recommend West
                                                                                                           Herts College to
Be proud                                              Be the best you can be                               a friend

“Coming to College helped                             “I want to achieve the best I
me grow up and do things for                          possibly can – and push myself
myself. Now I want to learn
so I can get the best out of
                                                      to do well and succeed.”
                                                                                                           Ofsted
                                                                                                           says…
                                                      Amir Khan
my future.”                                           BTEC National Certificate in Business

Nikki Kelly
BTEC First Diploma in Travel and Tourism                                                                   West Herts
                                                      Be happy                                             College:
Be independent                                                                                             Success rates
                                                      “I’ve enjoyed every minute of                        well above
“At College it’s up to you to                         West Herts College. If you’re                        national
knuckle down and make                                 thinking of College, go for it.                      average on
something of yourself – you’re                        I’ve met loads of new people                         most courses
treated like an adult and given                       and know we’ll keep in touch.”                       for learners
a lot of independence.”                               Amber Routley                                        aged 16 to 18.
                                                      CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education
Ross McCabe
BTEC National Awards for IT Practitioners
                                                                                                           Good support
                                                                                                           for students
                                                      “College life is really good –                       including those
Be supported                                          such a friendly atmosphere.                          with learning
                                                      I noticed that straight away                         difficulties and
“College has been great for                           and it’s never changed.”                             disabilities.
me. Everyone is friendly and                          Philippa Randles                                     The College
the tutors are good. If you have                      BTEC National Diploma in Fine Art and Illustration
                                                                                                           provides a
problems outside of College
                                                                                                           good range
they support you and do what
                                                                                                           of courses.
they can to help.”
Emmanuel Peprah
BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
                                                                                                           Rated highly
                                                                                                           by Ofsted in
                                                                                                           2005, 2006,
                                                                                                           2007 and 2008




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Where learning comes to life
West Herts College is where learning comes to life. We are
guided by our students’ changing needs – for modern
learning, for workplace skills and for personal development.
Whether you want to get a job, go to university, or enjoy
the satisfaction of personal development, we’re sure you
will enjoy your time at College.

Our students come from across West                   Equality of opportunity
Hertfordshire and beyond including much of
                                                 �
                                                                                                     “It’s well worth
                                                     A safe and smoke-free environment
North London. Their backgrounds and
                                                 �
                                                     on all of our campuses
                                                                                                     the short journey
ambitions are just as diverse.                                                                       from Harrow
West Herts College thrives on meeting            Thinking of a career?                               every day to
these needs. Wherever you come from and
                                                 West Herts College courses focus on the             come to a College
whatever your ambitions, your success is our
greatest achievement – whether you have a        skills you need for work. When you study            where the tutors
career in mind or want to take your studies      one of our career focused courses you               are supportive
further and go to university.                    could be learning in our hair and beauty            of your work
                                                 salons, performing arts and design studios,
                                                 restaurants and training kitchens or in our         and the other
College life – it’s different                    motor vehicle, electrical or construction           students are all
from school                                      workshops.                                          friendly and easy
We’ll support and encourage you at all times.                                                        to get to know.”
We also have standards and expectations.         Thinking of university?                             Michelle Williams –
With the greater freedom College offers          Our A Level Study Centre has one of the             BTEC in Business
comes the responsibility to respect the          widest range of courses around – and an
rules we believe are important. Our most         inspiring study environment to match.
successful students do just this – by making
the most of the opportunities and treating       Thinking of a fresh start?
friends, colleagues and staff with respect.
                                                 If you need extra help on your course
At West Herts College you can expect:            because of disabilities or learning difficulties,
� Help with costs like travel and equipment      or maybe because you had problems
   and support for students in financial         attending school, our Foundation Studies
   hardship                                      courses could be right for you.
� Talented staff – with experience across        Foundation Studies courses cater for young
   teaching, commercial, industrial and          people who may have experienced various
   professional life                             difficulties. You benefit from a supported
� Modern learning resources: well-stocked        learning environment suited to your
   libraries, computer suites, study areas and   individual needs and a learning adviser to
   support facilities                            help you succeed. These courses will help
� Internet access and your own College
                                                 you progress on to other College courses,
   email address                                 employment or training.
� Personal tutors to advise you from day one
� Student Support staff and a range of
                                                 Whatever you choose…
   specialists to help with every aspect of      Whatever you study you will receive continual
   College life                                  support and advice – we never forget that
                                                 your success is our greatest achievement.
� An appropriate range of important rules
   about behaviour and respect for others –
   for the safety and well being of everyone




4                                         At West Herts College, disability will not stop you from succeeding – see page 120
Open events
Come to our open events for information, advice and guidance. You can attend as many open events as you like but we
recommend that you come to the campus where your course will be studied. This way you can look at our excellent
facilities, meet the tutors and take part in demonstrations.
Bring your friends and family and have some refreshments on us. The colder the weather, the warmer our welcome.

Autumn 2008            Dacorum campus                                Thursday 6 November        6.00pm - 8.30pm
                       Construction and Engineering Centre           Saturday 8 November        9.30am - 12.30pm
                       Watford campus – for Art and Design           Monday 10 November         6.00pm - 8.30pm
                       Watford campus – for Performing Arts, Music, Tuesday 11 November         6.00pm - 8.30pm
                                        Media and Photography
                       Cassio campus                                 Monday 17 November         6.00pm - 8.30pm


Spring 2009            Dacorum campus                                Wednesday 25 February      6.00pm - 8.30pm
                       Construction and Engineering Centre           Saturday 28 February       9.30am - 12.30pm
                       Watford campus – for Art and Design           Monday 2 March             6.00pm - 8.30pm
                       Watford campus – for Performing Arts, Music, Tuesday 3 March             6.00pm - 8.30pm
                                        Media and Photography
                       Cassio campus                                 Monday 9 March             6.00pm - 8.30pm




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Your study choices
The right qualification for you is the one that will help you succeed and be
happy in life. West Herts College has something for you whether you have
a specific course in mind or if you’re looking to keep your options open.

Your choices                                           The New Diploma
At 16+ your options in further education fall into     The Diploma is a new qualification for 14 to
four main categories:                                  19 year olds and offers a mix of classroom
� A Levels – (AS and A2)
                                                       learning and hands-on experience in a range
� Vocational – courses for careers
                                                       of career-focused subjects. We have developed
� The New Diploma
                                                       partnerships with local schools to help you
� Apprenticeships – earn while you learn
                                                       develop the vital skills you need for life and work.
                                                       To learn more about these new courses please
                                                       see page 8.
A Levels
At the Watford Sixth Form Centre we offer a wide       Apprenticeships
range of AS and A2 subjects, including Film and
Media Studies, Psychology and Law, many of             We also offer a range of Apprenticeships and
which are not available at school.                     Advanced Apprenticeships, for those of you who
                                                       are thinking about starting a career straight away
All A Levels are now taken in two stages – AS and      and studying while you work. This will give you an
A2. Most students take 4 AS Levels in their first      opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge
year and in the second year complete the full A        within a practical work-based environment.
Level by specialising in 3 subjects. For our 4 AS
Level programme you will need 6 GCSEs A – C.           As one of our students you will receive individual
                                                       support to monitor your progress both at college
                                                       and at work.
Vocational
These courses prepare students in career-              Skills for Success
focused areas such as art, care, performing arts
or travel and tourism and include qualifications       At West Herts College we ensure all our students
such as:                                               develop skills for learning, work, leisure and life.
� BTEC First and National Diplomas
                                                       We will assist you to develop a range of skills to
                                                       enable you to access employment, to progress
� NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications)
                                                       to the next level of study or to Higher Education.
We offer nearly 30 vocational subject areas,           These skills will enable you to:
and many of our students progress on to HND            � Communicate well
or Degree courses in these areas while others          � Have good maths skills
choose to go straight into employment.                 � Use computers
If you have 4 GCSEs, grades A – C, you can go on       � Work in teams
to either a two-year National Diploma course or        � Solve problems
an equivalent qualification. The BTEC National         � Manage your time
Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels and is graded      For students thinking of university, passes in
Distinction, Merit and Pass.                           these exams can be added to your UCAS tariff
Courses with a strong focus on work experience         points.
are more specific and prepare students for
particular careers, for example hairdressing,          Full-time study
beauty therapy, construction or motor vehicle
engineering. National Vocational Qualifications        The majority of the courses in this prospectus
(NVQs) help students gain relevant practical           are full time, which means that students will be
skills.                                                expected to attend a minimum of 450 hours of
                                                       teaching time at College over the academic year.
Students on NVQ courses progress from:                 This can be anything from two and a half to five
� NVQ Level 1 – students work under supervision        days a week spent at College.
� NVQ Level 2 – students become
   qualified practitioners
� NVQ Level 3 – holders are qualified
   to supervise others




6                                                    Zero tolerance of discrimination, bullying and harassment – see page 120
Routes to success
Levels of study and progression routes available to you.


               General entry criteria                   What qualification will           Where to next?
                                                        I get?


                  Level 4:                                �    Foundation Degree           �   BA or BSC Honours
                  60 Points including one GCE                                              �   Further training
                  A level or equivalent, plus                                              �   Work
                  GCSE English and Maths at
                  grade C or above



      L3          Level 3:                                �    National Diploma
                                                               NVQ Level 3
                                                                                          �    Higher Education
                  4 GCSEs grades A* to C or               �
                                                                                          �    Further training
                  equivalent qualification, plus          �    AS / A Level
                                                                                          �    Work
                  assessments                             �    Advanced Apprenticeship




     L2           Level 2:
                  3 GCSEs grades A* to D or
                                                          �

                                                          �
                                                               First Diploma
                                                               NVQ Level 2
                                                                                          �

                                                                                          �
                                                                                               Level 3 qualification
                                                                                               Further training
                  equivalent qualification, plus               Apprenticeships            �    Work
                  assessments




      L1          Level 1:                                �    Introductory Diploma
                                                               NVQ Level 1
                                                                                          �    Level 2 qualification
                                                                                               Further training
                  2 GCSEs grades E to G or                �                               �
                  Certificate in Skills for Working       �    Entry 2 Employment         �    Work
                  Life, plus assessments




     E3           Vocational Entry Level
                  courses:
                                                          Level 3 Certificate in Skills
                                                          for Working Life in selected
                                                                                          �    Level 1 qualification
                                                          vocational areas                �    Further training
                  Entry Level 2 in literacy and
                  numeracy, plus assessments                                              �    Work



     PE      E1       E2
           Pre-entry and Entry courses                    �    Essential / Life Skills    �    Further training
           Supported courses preparing you                �    Skills for Working Life    �    Supported work
           for life and work




For more information or to apply call us now on 01923 812345                                                           7
What is the Diploma?
The Diploma is a new qualification for 14 to 19 year olds
offering a mix of classroom learning and tasks based on
practical, real work contexts – designed to prepare you for
working or further study.

The Diploma will help you to develop the           What can I learn?
vital skills you need for life and work, such
                                                   The Diploma is normally a two year full-
as team working, creative thinking and
                                                   time course, and contains a mix of core and
self-management.
                                                   optional subjects. The core principle learning
You will learn and solve problems                  subjects will cover the main things you’ll need
in situations relating to your chosen              to know and be able to do in your chosen area,
employment sector and will develop the             delivered through developing your abilities in
people and learning skills you need for work       team working, problem solving, analytical and
and University.                                    research skills - things that employers and
                                                   universities really value.
Levels of Learning                                 In addition, you can specialise or make your
The Diploma can be studied at three different      course broader by choosing from a range of
levels: Foundation, Higher and Advanced.           options. For example, with an IT Diploma you
                                                   could specialise by following a CISCO course
� The Foundation Diploma is equivalent to
                                                   (specialisation) or add breadth by studying a
  5 GCSEs at grades D to G
                                                   language or Art.
� The Higher Diploma is equivalent to
  7 GCSEs at grades A* to C                        You will also spend at least 10 days working
� The Advanced Diploma is equivalent to            with an employer, experiencing what work is
  3 and a half A levels                            like from the inside.
                                                   In 2009, there will be six Diplomas to
Functional Skills                                  choose from:
As well as learning skills for work, you’ll also   � Business, Administration and

study and will need to achieve a minimum              Finance Diploma (Dacorum 2009, Watford
standard in English, maths and ICT.                   from 2010)
                                                   � Information Technology Diploma (Watford
                                                      and Dacorum)
                                                   � Creative and Media Diploma (Dacorum)
                                                   � Hair and Beauty Diploma (Watford)
                                                   � Hospitality Diploma (Watford and Dacorum)
                                                   � Engineering Diploma (Watford)




8                                                    Fair treatment, respect and support to help you succeed – see page 120
About the Diplomas                                sector. Seventy six percent of the sector is
                                                  made up of small and micro businesses so
Creative and Media Diploma                        the opportunities for entrepreneurship are
Covers the skills and processes central           vast. The Diploma reflects this by teaching
to creative roles at work. You will learn         you what you need to know to set up and run
how to think, question, explore, create and       your own business, and gives you an idea of
communicate, and how to bring your ideas          the kind of career you may wish to follow,
to life through making, performing and            preparing you for your next step.
doing. You will learn how to be aware of your
                                                  Engineering Diploma
surroundings and how they can affect what
you create. You will also choose a specialist     Explores ideas and concepts behind
theme from a whole range of topics including      engineering – and how they impact the
3D visual art to fashion, textiles, dance and     modern world. You’ll learn about key
interactive media.                                engineering principles such as design,
                                                  materials, electronic systems, maintenance
Information Technology Diploma                    and manufacturing. Using practical
Introduces you to the ways technology is used     experience, you will study what makes
at work. You will analyse business problems       innovations succeed, how new materials
and learn how to develop IT systems that          contribute to design and how to develop and
meet business needs as well as helping            launch new ideas. You will also learn how
organisations and people. You’ll explore the      engineers are helping essential services
use of technology in business, and develop        like healthcare, transport and comfortable
skills in areas like web design and project       working environments, while developing the
management.                                       skills, knowledge and understanding you
                                                  need to succeed at college, university or in
Hair and Beauty Diploma                           employment.
Introduces you to the huge range of               Business, Administration and
opportunities that exist in hair and beauty       Finance Diploma
work and allows you to experience the reality
of working as a hairdresser, barber, beauty       Provides a solid grounding in up-to-the-
or spa therapist or nail technician. You will     minute business skills including running your
learn about new technologies and examine          own business. It will also provide you with
the effects of the increasing number of           important life skills, such as planning and
people who are interested in their personal       managing personal finances, and preparing
appearance and wellbeing.                         to enter the world of work. Employers value
                                                  individuals who understand what business
Hospitality Diploma                               is all about and how it works, in return there
Gives you a taste of the huge range of            are exciting global opportunities, rewarding
opportunities and occupations offered by          careers and high salaries for the most
the hospitality sector including overseas         successful young people.




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 Cassio campus
 and Watford Sixth Form Centre




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As our main campus for 16 to 19 year olds, our Cassio
campus in Watford has a great atmosphere and a great range                                          Don’t
of courses to match - whether you have a career in mind or
your next step is university. Whatever your ambitions, join us                                      forget
and you can look forward to a bright future.                                                        Cassio campus
                                                                                                    open events:
As well as being home to our wide range of         for lunch and evening meals. Elsewhere on
                                                                                                    6.00pm – 8.30pm
A Level subjects, many of which are not            campus, hair and beauty students perfect         Monday
offered in schools, Cassio campus also offers      the latest hairstyles and beauty treatments
the very best facilities for vocational training   in The Academy hair salon and beauty rooms,      17 Nov 2008
in subjects as diverse as hospitality and          which are also open to the public.
catering, hairdressing, beauty therapy and
travel and tourism.
                                                   If your passion is for keeping active then you   Monday
                                                   can take advantage of The Pulse, our fitness
If you’re vocationally minded you’ll benefit       centre for sport and public services students.
                                                                                                    9 March 2009
from hands-on experience in our real-world         For a career in the travel and tourism
working environments – as close as you can         industry you can board our real life plane
get to the real thing without actually going out   right here on campus.
to work.                                           And, of course, no matter what your chosen
Chefs of the future can cook up a treat at         subject you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art
Cassio’s – our fully functioning training          computer facilities, well-stocked Learning
restaurant and kitchens, open to the public        Resource Centres and supportive staff.




                                                                                                    “I’ve always
    Course takes off                                                                                liked cooking
                                                                                                    so the Diploma
                                                                                                    in Catering
                                                                                                    was the ideal
                                                                                                    course for me.
                                                                                                    We spend time
                                                                                                    in the kitchens
                                                                                                    at least twice
                                                                                                    a week and I
                                                                                                    really enjoy
                                                                                                    preparing the
                                                                                                    food. Eventually
                                                                                                    I’d like to run
                                                                                                    my own kitchen
                                                                                                    and just carry
                                                                                                    on cooking!”
                                                                                                    James McKelvey –
   Students and staff arriving at West Herts       The LSC’s Liam Sammon said: “The LSC             NVQ Diploma in Catering
   College for the start of term came face         is always keen to support innovative ways
   to face with an aeroplane parked in the         of delivering education and training and
   grounds of Cassio campus. The College           this is by far one of the most innovative
   secured funding from Hertfordshire              ways I’ve come across. The plane will
   Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in order      allow students to develop their travel and
   to buy the fuselage of the out of service       tourism skills in an environment which is
   BAC1-11, which will be used by travel and       as close as you could hope to get to the
   tourism students.                               real thing without having to take off.”

   Watford Observer, January 2008




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Creative thinking
at Watford campus




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Let your artistic talents loose at our Watford campus – your
centre for music, media, art and design, the performing arts                                   Don’t
and creative arts. We will encourage you to develop your own
language of expression. Central to this is the exploration of
                                                                                               forget
difference. Creativity thrives on diversity.                                                   Watford campus
                                                                                               open events:
The skills and experience of our tutors                                                        6.00pm – 8.30pm
contribute to a distinctly creative atmosphere
on campus. You will be mixing with people                                                      Art and Design
from many artistic fields and will be
encouraged to develop your own talents.
                                                                                               Monday
At Watford campus you have a range of                                                          10 Nov 2008
specialised resources at your fingertips                                                       2 March 2009
including up-to-date media production and
editing suites, sound proof music rooms,
performing arts studios and dedicated art
                                                                                               Performing Arts,
rooms. Then there are state-of-the-art                                                         Music, Media and
computer suites, a well equipped Learning                                                      Photography
Resource Centre and refectory.                                                                 Tuesday
                                                                                               11 Nov 2008
                                                                                               3 March 2009




                                                    Putting on a show to
                                                    celebrate summer
                                                    The sun shone down on students at
                                                    West Herts College as they staged their
                                                    annual Summer Exhibition.
                                                    Students from all areas of art, design
                                                    and media took the opportunity to
“I absolutely love my course.                       display the best bits of their work from
                                                    their time at the College.
I’ve always been into drama                         There was a distinct holiday theme
– whenever I go to the West                         running throughout the exhibition with
                                                    one room given over to a scene from
End I leave wishing it was me                       Brighton beach – complete with pebbles,
up on the stage.”                                   deck chairs and bucket and spades – all
                                                    that was missing was ice cream!
Erena Bordon –                                      As well as viewing the artwork on
BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts            display, guests were also treated to a
                                                    show by Fashion and Textiles students
                                                    in a marquee on College grounds. The
                                                    students took to the catwalk dressed in
                                                    their own creations which even Vivienne
                                                    Westwood would have been proud of.
                                                    The exhibition ran long into the summer
                                                    evenings, with live music provided by
                                                    some very talented students and staff.




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Construction and Engineering Centre
At Kings Langley




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The Construction and Engineering Centre is home to our
best-ever range of facilities for training in motor vehicle                                    Don’t
engineering, plumbing and electrical installation. It has
everything you need to develop professional skills in the
                                                                                               forget
                                                                                               Construction
specialist trades that employers are looking for.                                              & Engineering
                                                                                               Centre open
                                                                                               events:
For motor vehicle students the Construction       Hemel Hempstead. Both centres offer
and Engineering Centre is at the leading edge     the very best facilities for learning the    9.30am – 12.30pm
of motor vehicle training and development.        tricks of the trade for careers in
For electrical installation students there        bricklaying, plastering, plumbing and        Saturday
are modern workshops and training that’s          carpentry and joinery.                       8 Nov 2008
focused firmly on the latest needs of the         Many female students study with us on
industry.                                         our construction and engineering courses     Saturday
Our construction courses are split between        and we pride ourselves on their success:     28 Feb 2009
plumbing, based at the Construction and           both at College and when they start work.
Engineering Centre, and trowel trades and         Everyone training with us can look forward
carpentry based at our Dacorum campus in          to an equally supportive approach from our
                                                  experienced tutors.




                          “I like doing practical things but also
                          enjoy learning about the theory. I’m
                          keen to learn more about the industry
                          and become a qualified electrician. The
                          facilities are good and the tutors support
                          you, especially if you are also willing to
                          put in the effort.”
                          Pritesh Bhanderi – City & Guilds in Electrical Installation




                          “The facilities at the Construction and
                          Engineering Centre are great – it’s
                          like working in a proper workshop.”
                          Imran Khan – IMI Pre Apprenticeship Award




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Success and enterprise
Dacorum campus in Hemel Hempstead




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Dacorum campus in Hemel Hempstead town centre offers a
wide range of courses designed to provide the skills you need                                    Don’t
for some of the most popular careers around.
                                                                                                 forget
Local employers tell us their best staff          experiences relevant to their chosen study
                                                                                                 Dacorum
are the ones who work well in teams, treat        area. The main aim of the Access programme     campus open
customers well, solve problems and have           is to prepare adult learners from non-         evenings:
good computer skills.                             traditional backgrounds for admission to
Our full-time courses at Dacorum campus           undergraduate education.                       6.00pm – 8.30pm
will equip you with the skills you need for       Access courses are especially designed to
a successful career in areas including:           help you return to the world of learning by    Thursday
� Retail
                                                  building the skills and confidence necessary   6 Nov 2008
� Business e-commerce
                                                  for success in Higher Education and future
� Travel and tourism
                                                  career progression. See page 109 for more
                                                  information about these courses.               Wednesday
� IT
� Carpentry and joinery                                                                          25 Feb 2009
� Bricklaying and Plastering                      Foundation Studies programme
Dacorum campus is also home to a wide             For young people who may have experienced
range of part time adult leisure courses for      varying difficulties in learning. The
pleasure, recreation or career development        programmes provide a supported working
as well as ESOL - English for Speakers of         environment in which to learn new skills and
Other Languages. For a copy of our part-time      develop a sense of independence. See page
prospectus, call us on 01923 812345 or visit      106 for more information about
www.westherts.ac.uk                               these courses.

Teacher training including teaching
assistants
Experienced tutors provide highly regarded
training in this field. For more information
please call 01923 812345.

Access to Higher Education Diploma
The Access to HE Diploma is ideal for
students who are returning to study after
a break and have gained life and work




   An art for wood making
                           When Ed Tyler from Hemel Hempstead completed her course
                           in art and design she wanted to do something different with
                           her skills, but didn’t know quite what, until she discovered the
                           Carpentry and Joinery course at West Herts College.
                           “The course is great as it complements the other art skills I
                           already have while providing me with the extra skills I need to
                           make a career out of working with wood,” explained Ed.
                           “There’s a great atmosphere in the workshop and the tutors are
   very supportive, always there to offer advice, not just about your work but also with
   what tools to buy and how to go about getting work experience. They’ve all worked in
   the industry so have hands-on experience of what it’s like.
   “The facilities are very good, it’s just like working in a proper wood workshop and
   there’s a good mix of people in the group. I was glad to see I wasn’t the only female on
   the course, with three of us in the class we’ll soon be outnumbering the boys!”




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Watch this space...
Opening in September 2010:                     The learning resource centres will
                                               be equipped with everything you need
Our brand new campus in                        to study and learn effectively.
Watford town centre
Join us in 2009 and if you stay more than a    Street life… it’s all about you
year you will be moving into our brand new
                                               Our new college street is where you’ll
campus in Watford town centre. It’s being
                                               start your day. You’ll walk through it every
built now, right next door to our existing
                                               morning, passing our training restaurant,
campus on Hempstead Road.
                                               café and hair and beauty spa. Clad in glass
Hempstead Road and Cassio campuses, in         and open to everyone in our community, this
Watford, will be moving with us into our new   will be a place of pride – somewhere for
place in 2010.                                 the world to see just how good West Herts
Our Construction and Engineering Centre,       College people really are. A place to show-
in Kings Langley, opened a year ago. Plans     case your great work with displays, videos
are also underway to develop our Dacorum       and exhibitions.
campus in Hemel Hempstead.
                                               College Square – The place to be
Brand new and bang up to date                  Just for us – that’s West Herts College
The new West Herts College campus in           students and staff – will be College Square.
Watford will have the very latest facilities   It’s right in the middle of the main college.
– and many real-life working areas.            And right at the heart of everything. A place
Everything from a performance theatre          to meet friends on the way to classes and
to a health spa… and many more specialist      relax at break time. You can expect surprise
centres, whatever skill you’re learning.       events and lots to do all year round.




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Watch it go up...Check
the webcam for the latest
from the building site:
www.westherts.ac.uk




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Supporting your learning
Including help for students with disabilities

During your first few weeks here your course tutors will be getting
to know you. They’ll be finding out about your skills and talents
and seeing whether there are any areas where you might need
extra support.

Language, literacy and numeracy          Dyslexia support
When applying or during induction        Don’t let Dyslexia stop you from
you’ll use a computer package called     taking the course you want. If you
Skillbuilder. This will assess your      have Dyslexia, or think you might, our
literacy and numeracy skills.            experienced staff can help – working
Support is available with literacy or    with you and your course tutor. Your
numeracy, we can also help you if        Learning Adviser can arrange for an
you have any language difficulties.      assessment, and help with access
Support sessions take place as part      arrangements during examinations.
of your Learning Agreement with us.
You will be supported by Learning        People with disabilities and learning
Advisers – in agreement with your        difficulties
course tutor – either in class or as     West Herts College welcomes
individual support sessions.             applications from people with
                                         disabilities and learning difficulties.




20                                 At West Herts College disability will not stop you from succeeding – see page 120
Where possible we will do whatever we             � Educational psychologist and
can to meet individual needs.
There are some courses, however,
                                                    teacher assessor service
                                                       Plus: support, advice and
                                                                                               Ofsted
                                                                                               says…
                                                  �
that are physical, such as sport                       information on disability and
and performing arts, and if you                        learning difficulties to individuals,
have any doubts about meeting the                                                              Provision for
                                                       parents, carers, colleagues and
requirements for your chosen subject,                                                          learners with
                                                       other professionals.
please contact the Learning Support                                                            learning
Service or staff from that subject area.                                                       difficulties and
                                                  Skills for Life                              disabilities:
Learning Support services include:                The College is committed to a national       Learning
                                                  drive to improve the maths, English          objectives
� Assessment and teaching for
                                                  and ICT skills of all our learners. When     are carefully
   students with specific learning
                                                  you join the College your assessment         planned so that
   difficulties, e.g. Dyslexia or
                                                  on Skillbuilder will help us to support      each learner
   Dyspraxia
                                                  you in developing these skills to Level      can make
� Communicators for the deaf                      2 and above. You can do this as part of      progress with
� Adapted materials for students with             a full programme of study or by joining      their individual
  a disability, e.g. visual impairment            one of our maths or English classes.         skills.
� Learning Advisers to support in                 For more information, contact
  the classroom                                   our Learning Support service on
                                                  01923 812227.
� Note takers
� Specialist teaching in small groups             Disability Statement
  and some individual sessions                    For a copy of our Disability Statement,
                                                  please contact the Student Support
� Extra support for literacy, language
                                                  Centre.
  and numeracy
� Arrangements for special
  examination consideration
� Care assistants to meet                                                                      “Since my
  individual needs                                                                             Dyslexia was
                                                                                               diagnosed
                                                                                               I have been
                                                                                               getting used to
                                                                                               different ways
                                                                                               of learning
                                                                                               and suddenly
    Information in alternative formats                                                         everything is
                                                                                               much clearer.
    For people with disabilities, the information in this                                      My tutors
    prospectus is available in alternative formats. For example,                               and learning
    we can provide course details in MS Word and Excel formats.                                advisers have
    Braille can also be arranged.                                                              been a brilliant
                                                                                               support to
    Please email your request to access@westherts.ac.uk or                                     me and I’m
    call 01923 812345.                                                                         determined to
                                                                                               keep studying.”
                                                                                               Irene Fullarton, Literacy




For more information or to apply call us now on 01923 812345                                                         21
Learning resources...

Our Learning Centres have a significant collection of resources
and services on all campuses – plus friendly, knowledgeable
staff who can help. Each campus learning centre specialises
in the subjects taught on that site, offering the resources you
need to study and produce professionally presented work.

Here for you:                                  �  A Virtual Library, providing subject links
� Up-to-date computers with Internet
                                                  to databases and websites, plus tips on
                                                  researching your assignments
� Industry-standard software
                                               � Facilities for photocopying, printing,
� A wide variety of databases and electronic
                                                  laminating and binding assignments
  journals
                                               You also have the opportunity to receive one
� Books for lending and reference, plus
                                               to one support from a Learning Resources
  journals, newspapers and project files       Facilitator who can help you research and
� Voyager: a computerised on-line library      structure your assignments to get them to
  management system which allows you           the level needed for your course. Just ask
  to search, reserve and borrow from our       any member of staff about this service.
  catalogue of over 80,000 book titles
� Catalogues of other Hertfordshire colleges
  and the University of Hertfordshire




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...and student support



                                                                                                        i
Help when you need it                            You can find out what’s going on around
                                                 College via your student email, on uShare
Friendly, professional people in Student
                                                 (your student intranet), as well as on the
Support are here to assist when you need
                                                 College plasma screens – so make sure
advice. They are qualified to help with many
                                                 you look out for what’s happening at your
issues and can direct you to our other
                                                 campus!
specialist services:
� Careers and educational guidance
� Help with finding the right course at the
                                                 Student council
   right level                                   Each school at West Herts College has one        Got a question?
� Personal issues                                nominated student who works as part of           Why not call us
� Financial advice                               the student council to represent students’       today
� Help with coping with exams                    views to the College management team and
� What to do if you’re not enjoying              Governors, as well as organising end of year     01923 812575
   your course                                   social activities.                               or email
� Behind with your work
                                                                                                  heretohelp@
You can contact Student Support right            Sports facilities                                westherts.ac.uk
through the year, whether you have a general     The College offers a wide range of sporting
query or need in-depth advice on a particular    facilities, including an indoor swimming
issue.                                           pool, sports hall, fitness room and outdoor
                                                 pitches. Some facilities are shared with
Student Activities Programme                     Watford Borough Council, but certain
                                                 times are set aside especially for West
at West Herts College                            Herts College students. Activities available
Being a student at West Herts College is not     include swimming, basketball, trampolining,
just about attending classes but also about      badminton, volleyball, weights and exercise to
getting involved in College life.                music. Football and netball teams represent
Our activities programme includes                the College in the SESSA student leagues.
trips, visits, work experience, external
speakers, careers, personal safety, sport        Refectories, snack bars and shops
and social events. Our Student Activities
Fair at the beginning of term will give you      The College provides a wide range of meals,
the opportunity to see some of the activities    snacks and drinks at reasonable prices and
which will be on offer throughout the year       to suit all tastes. The shops also provide a
including Sumo wrestling, Wii tournaments,       range of newspapers and stationery items.
rock climbing, paintballing, health awareness
and much more.




   Educational Maintenance                      You can get EMA if:
   Allowance (EMA)                              � Your household has an income of
   EMA is a weekly payment of £10, £20 or         £30,810 or less
   £30, paid during term-time, depending        � Your course involves at least 12 hours
   on your household income. The money            guided learning per week (such as
   is intended to help with day-to-day costs      lectures and supervised study)
   when you stay on at school or college, for   The course can be up to level 3, for
   things like travel, books and equipment      example AS, A2s, GCSEs, NVQs, GNVQs
   for your course.                             or other vocational qualifications.
   There are also £100 bonuses if you           For more information or an application
   attend your course regularly and make        form, speak to one of our student
   good progress.                               support officers.




For more information or to apply call us now on 01923 812345                                                    23
 Parents and carers



       i
                       In partnership with parents                       Maintaining a safe and secure
                       At West Herts College we believe in working       environment
                       together with parents to help our students        �  College ID cards are worn at all times
                       achieve and succeed. You can contact us at           by students and staff
                       any time for an informal chat – by phone,
                                                                         � Hats, hoods and headphones are
                       email or by visiting us on campus.
                                                                            removed inside buildings
                       We can assist right away. For help with the       � Eating is strictly restricted to
                       range of courses and subjects available, call
Why not join our                                                            allocated areas
                       us today on 01923 812345.
parents and carers                                                       � No smoking on campuses
forum? We welcome      Once term starts, we’ll invite you to meet
                                                                         � We treat each other with respect at
your involvement       tutors and staff at a parents’ induction
                                                                            all times
                       evening. We also host regular parents
and your views         evenings: for formal conversations with           � We support equality for all
are extremely          tutors and written feedback on your child’s       We fully recognise our role in safeguarding
important to us.       progress                                          the welfare of children. As such, we have
To join the forum                                                        written a comprehensive child protection
email lynda.price@     Help and support for our students                 policy to ensure that the welfare of the
westherts.ac.uk                                                          child is always placed at the centre of our
                       We are committed to helping students              activities. If you would like to see a copy of
or call 01923 812187   flourish and develop – academically and as        our policy, please contact Gwyneth Lawson,
                       happy, successful people.                         Executive Assistant on 01923 812199.
                       � Personal tutors: each student is assigned
                          a personal tutor – and you can turn to
                          them for advice with any problem at
                          any time
 For a copy            � Student Support Service: our team of
            of
 our parents              support staff are available right through
and carers                the year
Handbook c             � Progress Review Weeks: a chance for
             all          students to meet tutors for support and
01923 8123
            45            guidance

                       As a College community we aim to:
                       �   Maximise students’ achievement and
                           performance
                       �   Challenge students to attain high
                           standards
                       �   Treat everyone with integrity and respect
                       �   Encourage team work and individual
                           responsibility

                       West Herts College: pride and
                       expectations
                       With your support it is our aim that West
                       Herts College students:
                       � Attend all their classes
                       � Maintain good timekeeping
                       � Submit assignments on time
                                                                         Elizabeth and Sam Buckingham on
                       � Sit appropriate exams                           A Level results day, August 2008




 24                                            Zero tolerance of discrimination, bullying and harassment – see page 120
Parents’ Survey Feedback 2007-08
                                                               West Herts College Vision
                                                               Shaping life through learning
“We are very encouraged by the
level of communication that we                                 Mission statement
                                                               To create opportunities for people to
receive. It’s nice to feel part of our                         succeed through learning.

daughter’s education.”                                         First and foremost we are passionate
                                                               about our students: their success is our
                                                               greatest achievement. We are guided
                                                               by our students’ changing needs – for
                                                               modern learning, for workplace skills,
“We are very pleased with our son’s                            for personal development.
                                                               By working in partnership we will
progress since he started College,                             support employers and contribute to
he has praised his tutors in helping him                       our community and the wealth of the
                                                               local economy. We will focus on the
learn a lot and is treated with respect.”                      objectives of local employers, providing
                                                               training to meet their business needs.

                                                               We will:
“As I walked into the College I was made to                    � Place students at the heart of
                                                                 everything we do
feel very welcome. The tutors treated my                       � Encourage trust and mutual respect
                                                                 between students and staff
daughter as a young adult which made her                       � Expect mature behaviour and a
                                                                 shared commitment to each other
feel very important.”
                                                               � Set high expectations – and value
                                                                 high-quality, inspiring teaching
                                                               � Celebrate success in the widest
                                                                 sense – in learning, skills, attitude
How our students’ parents rate us                                and commitment
                                                               � Value the willingness of staff to
                                                                 take on challenges and learn from

100% found College staff friendly
                                                                 experience
     and welcoming                                             � Respect each other and the diversity
                                                                 of modern communities
                                                               � Have pride in our partnerships – with
                                                                 employers and the communities we

               99% said the College provides
                   high-quality teaching and
                                                                 serve
                                                               � Recognise the importance of the

                            learning opportunities               environment in life and learning
                                                               � Deliver value for money through
                                                                 efficiency and cost-effective

    99% would recommend the
                                                                 management
        College to a friend




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Celebrating success awards
A rewarding experience at West Herts College

Our Celebrating Success Awards ceremony is one of the
highlights of the College calendar, as we come together to                                               “Our students’
                                                                                                         success and
celebrate the success of our learners in the widest possible                                             achievement is
sense: from great results for coursework, overcoming                                                     an inspiration
personal obstacles or simply showing sheer determination                                                 to us all.”
to succeed.                                                                                              Elizabeth Rushton,
                                                                                                         College Principal



                                                                                                        Hear from
                                                                                                        some of the past
                                                                                                        students we’ve
                                                                                                        celebrated with
                                                                                                        by visiting
                                                                                                        westherts.ac.uk



                                                                                Students excel at
                                                                                awards ceremony
                                                                                The outstanding success of students at
                                                                                West Herts College was celebrated at
                                                                                an awards ceremony to highlight their
                                                                                achievements over the past year.
                                                                                Guests at the event included Tony Poole,
                                                                                Watford Borough Council chairman, and his
                                                                                consort Sylvia Poole. Each award winner
                                                                                was presented with a cheque for £75,
                                                                                donated by the event’s sponsors.
                                                                                Among the award winners was 17-year-
                                                                                old Erena Bordon, who hopes her national
                                                                                diploma in performing arts can take her to
                                                                                the London Contemporary Dance School
                                                                                and was pleased to receive an award. She
                                                                                said: “It’s cool. I feel really privileged. I was
                                                                                really touched because nobody else on the
                                                                                course has been rewarded.”
                                                                                Elizabeth Rushton, college Principal and
                                                                                chief executive, said: “Our award winners
                                                                                have all shown sheer determination to
                                                                                succeed, often against great odds. Our
                                                                                students will always be the college’s
                                                                                greatest achievement and I am delighted
                                                                                that we are able to celebrated their
                                                                                outstanding success.”
The awards ceremony is a glittering evening of celebration where                Watford Observer, May 2008
students are rewarded for their efforts in front of specially invited
guests, proud family, friends and of course their tutors.




26                                                    Fair treatment, respect and support to help you succeed – see page 120
Further study
Your choices at 18+

A Higher Education qualification from West Herts College is a great way
to study for a university qualification closer to home. Our range of exciting
courses are validated by the University of Hertfordshire and are designed to
challenge you and boost your career prospects.

You don’t have to go far…                               Extended Degrees
                                                                                                        £1,500 to
We have worked with businesses across                   If you want to study for a degree but do not
the region to shape degrees and diplomas                have the right qualifications (A Levels, BTEC   help with
that give you exactly the skills you need               Nationals) or your grades are not as good as    your studies
to succeed.                                             you hoped, an Extended degree is the right
                                                                                                        Studying locally
As an associate College of the University of            course for you. You will spend a preparatory
                                                                                                        has its financial
Hertfordshire, our Foundation Degrees are               year at West Herts College and you are
                                                                                                        benefits too. Apply
validated and awarded by the University.                guaranteed progression to your chosen
                                                                                                        for a University
                                                        degree at the University of Hertfordshire.
We offer a range of full time and part time                                                             of Hertfordshire
career-focused courses and specialise in                Extended degree students often graduate         Foundation degree
qualifications for professional development,            with excellent degrees, leading to successful   through West Herts
bringing you excellent teaching, stimulating            careers or postgraduate study.                  College and you
and relevant subjects, outstanding facilities           We offer courses in:                            will be eligible for
and great support, all right here on your                                                               a £1,500 College
                                                        � Advertising
doorstep.                                                                                               Award that you don’t
                                                        � Beauty Therapy (new)
                                                                                                        have to pay back.
                                                        � Business
                                                                                                        That’s cash upfront
Foundation Degrees                                      � Early Years
                                                                                                        to make studying
                                                        � Education
Foundation degrees are a great opportunity                                                              affordable.
                                                        � Fashion and Textiles
to gain a nationally recognised degree
                                                        � Finance
qualification in two years of full-time study.
                                                        � Graphic Design
They are stand alone and career focused,
                                                        � Human Resources
making them highly valued by employers.
                                                        � Illustration
When you have achieved your Foundation
                                                        � Information Technology
degree you have the qualifications to enter
                                                        � Marketing
into employment or top up to a BA or BSc
                                                        � Media Production
Honours degree with just one more year of
                                                        � Performing Arts
study at university.
                                                        � Photography
                                                        � Public relations
Higher National Diploma/Certificate                     � Public Services
Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are                     � Travel and Tourism
nationally recognised qualifications which              � 3D Design
can be completed in two years of full-time              � Sports Studies
study. They focus on employment-related
areas. You have the opportunity to progress
to the second year of a BA or BSc Honours
degree, and sometimes direct entry to the
final year, if your results are exceptional.



“I had an excellent time at West Herts College,
learnt a lot and the course helped push the
boundaries of my personal development. I had
excellent support from the tutors – probably the
best I’ve received throughout my education!”
Rachel Savin – Foundation Degree in Sport Studies, graduate 2007




For more information or to apply call us now on 01923 812345                                                            27
Travelling to College
Travel for half price with the                      Savings add up with the Young
Hertfordshire SaverCard                             Persons Railcard
If you are under 19, study full time and live in    If you are aged between 16 and 25 you can get
Hertfordshire you can get half price bus fares      a Young Persons Railcard, saving you 1/3 on
with the Hertfordshire SaverCard.                   rail fares for a whole year. Apply for yours at
                                                    www.youngpersonsrailcard.co.uk
The card costs £5 and you can get one by:
�    Calling 01438 737321
�    Picking up an application form from any
     campus reception
�    Calling us on 01923 812345




                   By underground                                           By rail




28                                          At West Herts College, disability will not stop you from succeeding – see page 120
                                                                                                         i
Whether you are planning to travel to            Engineering Centre, the 500 and 550
College by bus, train, bicycle or on foot all    services run regularly between Aylesbury
our campuses are easily accessible and well      and Watford, stopping at Kings Langley
serviced by public transport – and there’s       station, a short walk from the centre.
help available with your travel costs too.       To plan your bus journey and for information
By train                                         on student discount on Arriva buses visit
                                                 www.arrivabus.co.uk/students, pick up a
Our Watford campuses are just a short walk       leaflet from any campus reception, or call us
from Watford Junction station, with trains       on 01923 812345.                                Due to rising
stopping at stations including Tring, Hemel                                                      parking costs, the
Hempstead, Bushey, Harrow and central            By car                                          cheapest way to
London every 15 minutes. This service also       Our campuses offer limited or no student        get to us is by rail.
stops at Kings Langley train station, just       parking and with good transport links we        All our campus
a short walk from the Construction and           encourage learners to ‘think green’ and not     sites are less than
Engineering Centre.                              bring their car to College. At our Dacorum      10 minutes walk
For train times visit www.tfl.gov.uk             and Cassio campuses student parking is          from Underground
                                                 available on a first come, first served basis   or rail stations.
By bus                                           and you’ll need to apply for a permit when
Bus stops are located within easy walking        you start College.
distance of each campus and direct bus           There is no student parking available at
routes run to all campuses from all areas        our Watford campus or Construction and
including Harrow, Berkhamsted, Edgware,          Engineering Centre. Public car parks are
Borehamwood, St Albans, Rickmansworth            available a short walk away from the College.
and Tring. For the Construction and



How to find us
Watford Sixth Form Centre                         Dacorum campus
at Cassio campus
                                                  Marlowes,
Langley Road, Watford, WD17 4YH                   Hemel Hempstead
Access from Hempstead Road (A411) or St           HP1 1HD
Albans Road (A412)                                Next to the Civic Centre in the Marlowes

Watford campus                                    Construction and
Hempstead Road, Watford WD17 3EZ                  Engineering Centre
Close to Town Hall. Access from Hempstead         Langley Waters, Home Park,
Road (A411)                                       Kings Langley WD4 8DH




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A Levels
There has never been a better time to study your A Levels at West Herts
College. Our modern A Level Study Centre offers a wide range of subjects –
many of which are not available at school. Then there’s our inspiring study
environment: modern facilities, bright rooms, plus people working together
to achieve success.
We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds. Our experienced tutors
can help and support you and our recent results speak for themselves.


In 2008 98% of our A2 students passed
their exams, with the majority achieving
A to C grades.

This excellent pass rate is just above the
national average and means our learners
can open doors to university life or the
next step on their chosen career path.
A Levels

  	A	Levels

  Course Code: 2080
  Duration:      1/2 Years
  Location:      Cassio campus
  For entry to the three and four AS programme,
  students will normally need 6 GCSEs at C or
  above including English and maths or GNVQ
  Intermediate/First Diploma at merit grade.
  Students are required to obtain the
  appropriate prior attainment scores (QCA
  points) relevant to their subject choice.
  Some individual subjects may also have
  additional specific entry requirements.

About	the	courses
A Level students will normally study 4 subjects
to AS Level in the first year. In the second year,
students will continue with 2 or 3 of their first
year subjects and sometimes add an additional
AS subject to their programme of study.
Please ask for separate course leaflets for
further details of these subjects.                   “College was the best choice for me as
Business Studies                                      it allowed me to be more independent
Examining Board: AQA
This course introduces you to the challenges
                                                      in a different, more relaxed environment
and issues of starting a business,
including financial planning and core
                                                      to what I had been used to at school.”
business modules, providing you with
the skills directly relevant to a career.             Philippa Walker – A Levels
You will gain a critical understanding of
the internal functions of contemporary
business organisations, recognise the                communication skills by studying many
dynamic external environment within which            different types of communication in our
businesses operate and evaluate how                  culture. For example, you will learn to
businesses respond to major topical issues           analyse body language, the spoken word,
that can generate change for business                traditional printed and written texts, as well
organisations.                                       as modern forms of on-line media.
Core units include planning and financing            The subject includes important practical and
a business, managing a business including            creative elements: in AS you prepare an oral
operational management, marketing and                and visual presentation (using Powerpoint)
competition analysis. Additionally you will          and in A2 you are required to complete an
study strategies for success which includes          independent project producing a web-based
measuring performance, market analysis               presentation and a portfolio of work.
and employee relations and he business               Since communication is so central to our
environment and managing change.                     everyday lives, the course naturally includes
                                                     aspects of many other subjects – English
Communications and Culture                           Language, Psychology, Sociology, ICT, Media,
Examining Board: AQA                                 Health and Social Care and Business Studies
                                                     – all of which combine well with this course.
Communication and Culture is a wide-
ranging subject which develops your




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A Levels
English Language and Literature
Examining Board: AQA
This course fosters a deeper understanding
of language and literature by examining texts
from both literary and linguistic viewpoints.
You will have the opportunity to respond
creatively to texts, both in coursework and
examined units.
You will develop your writing skills and
be able to write fluently and coherently in
response to questions and coursework
outlines. Modules within your course include
an introduction and themes in language and
literature study, talk in life and literature and
text transformation.

English Literature
Examining Board: AQA
This course develops a thoughtful, critical
approach to literature and an appreciation of
writers’ work in a variety of literacy periods
and genres.
The two AS modules include: explorations
in prose and poetry in which you will study
a collection of poetry ranging from the
American Poet Emily Dickinson to the
esteemed Scottish Poet Robert Burns. One
novella and a novel and the choice of books
ranging from ‘The ‘Magic Toyshop’ written
by Angela Carter to ‘A Clockwork Orange’
written by Anthony Burgess.
The second module involves explorations in
drama where you are free to study plays of          Hollywood, British, foreign and independent
your choice in line with guidance from the          films. Films are placed within a context of
tutor and the exam board. You will be asked         how they were made and financed and the
to create two pieces of coursework, one will        meanings produced for audiences.
be a critical review of the play studied and
the other will be a look at some of the themes      The AS programme consists of two units:
that run throughout the play.                       exploring film form will analyse a sequence
                                                    from a film of your choice investigating the
                                                    visual and cinematic meanings it creates.
Film Studies                                        You will also devise your own film sequence,
Examining Board: Welsh Joint Education              either through a short filmed extract or
Committee                                           through a film script.
If you have an interest in contemporary             In British and American film you will be
issues and creative expression, and in              examining the topics of producers and
developing skills in critical analysis in           audiences, British films and how they relate
relation to film then this course is ideal          to a particular social issue and explore the
for you.                                            meanings and messages produced. Finally
You study a range of issues and topics              you will study American film in which you
related to film. You will look more closely         will compare two films from different time
at contemporary, historical, modern                 periods to identify changes in narrative,
                                                    representation and genre.




32                                                                       West Herts College values diversity – see page 120
A Levels
                                                  “Coming to College is
                                                  a half-way step towards
                                                  university. The tutors
                                                  at West Herts are
                                                  extremely helpful
                                                  and do everything they
                                                  can to help you achieve
                                                  your goals.”
                                                  Simon Gilligan – A Levels                        Minister’s
                                                                                                   question time




                                                                                                   Students studying
                                                                                                   for their A Level in
                                                                                                   Government and
                                                                                                   Politics sampled a
                                                                                                   taste of what life is
                                                                                                   like in the political
                                                                                                   frontline when Liberal
                                                                                                   Democrat leader
Government and Politics                           History – Modern                                 Nick Clegg paid a
Examining Board: Edexcel                          Examining Board: AQA                             visit to the College’s
                                                                                                   Cassio campus.
If you have an interest in modern British         The course looks at two of the great eras
politics and the British constitution and         in history, challenging students to grasp a      The students were
would like to gain a greater understanding        vast range of valuable knowledge from            given the opportunity
of policy making then this course is ideal        these epic times.                                to grill the party
for you.                                                                                           leader on a range
                                                  The United States: You will study events         of topical issues,
The course is divided into two section            between 1890 and 1945 to enable you to           including terrorism,
consisting of people, politics and                compare, explain and assess the nature,          the environment,
participation, in which you will look at voting   pace and extent of change and its impact on      health and of course
behaviour, electoral systems, political           domestic and foreign policy.                     education, as well
parties and pressure groups and protest           Topics include: mass immigration, the great      as finding out more
movements.                                        depression, prohibition, the rise of organised   about Mr Clegg’s
Unit two is titled Governing Modern Britain in    crime, WWI and WWII, and the Ku Klux Klan.       life in the political
which you will gain a greater understanding       Anti Semitism, Hitler and the German             limelight, during an
of the British constitution, parliament, the      People: This unit provides an opportunity        hour-long question
prime minister and the cabinet system and         to investigate Hitler’s impact on German         and answer session.
multi-level governance.                           attitudes and policies towards the Jews.         Watford Observer,
                                                                                                   April 2008




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A Levels
The study will focus on the advent and            and ethical impact. Finally you will develop
development of Hitler’s views and the             an awareness of emerging technologies that
implementation of Nazi anti-semitism, both        will impact on all of us.
before and during the years of war. Issues
of responsibility for the Holocaust and the       Law
degree to which the anti-Jewish measures
were planned will also be addressed.              Examining Boad: AQA
Topics include: Hitler’s anti-semitic views,      If you enjoy debating, expressing your
anti-semitism in Germany, the German racial       opinions and justifying them based on
state, the Holocaust.                             evidence, or you enjoy reading and expressing
                                                  yourself in writing, Law A level will challenge
                                                  and develop your skills and increase your
Information Communications                        knowledge of this topical subject.
Technology (ICT)                                  Throughout your studies you will develop a
Examining Board: OCR                              knowledge and understanding of the legal
The impact of ICT on society is enormous          system and an ability to evaluate its operation
and as the percentage of businesses and           and performance. You will be introduced to
households connect to communication               substantive law and will be required to apply
networks such as the internet grows, so           aspects of criminal law and civil law of tort.
does the need for individuals who can master      Two main units are divided into four modules
and manipulate these new technologies.            which include law making, the legal
As well as the rapid development of new           system, introduction to criminal liability and
technologies, familiar technologies such          introduction to tort. Within each module
as television, telephone and computers            you will take a closer look at a variety of law
are evolving and expanding by digitized           subjects which include parliamentary law
information.                                      making and statutory interpretations, the
ICT encourages you to become discerning           criminal courts and lay people, underlying
users. On this course you are encouraged          principles of criminal liability and procedures
to develop the capacity to think creatively,      and damages.
innovatively, analytically, logically and
critically, to apply your knowledge in a range    Media studies
of contexts to solve problems, particularly       Examining Board: OCR
using database, spreadsheet, hypertext
authoring, presentation and word processing       On this course you are encouraged to keep
software. In addition you will also study         an open mind and look critically at a range of
and gain a greater understanding of the           different media products and their effect.
consequences of using ICT on individuals,         You will study the meanings and messages
organisations and society and its social, legal   produced by the media and the effect of these




34                                                Zero tolerance of discrimination, bullying and harassment – see page 120
A Levels                                                                                           In partnership
                                                                                                   with local
                                                                                                   schools
on society. You will learn critical approaches   same things that you’re feeling? These are
to studying audiences and institutions to        the kinds of questions psychologists aim to       Full-time A Level
help you analyse these messages. Media           answer using a scientific approach.               students may be
Studies is a dynamic subject which also          During your course you will take a more           able to choose
encourages students to explore their own         in-depth look at Psychological Investigations
creative responses to the subject with the                                                         an additional
                                                 and classics in Psychology, you will be
opportunity to make your own product             encouraged to take part in discussion and         subject to study
and develop skills in desktop publishing,        debate issues within this field.                  as part of our
camerawork and editing.
At AS level the programme consists of
                                                                                                   relationship with
                                                 Sociology                                         local schools.
two units: Key Media Concepts, which
include television drama and The British         Examining Board: AQA
film industry. Through this unit you will        Sociology enables you to develop an               Subjects include:
uncover the way drama creates meaning and        understanding of the way in which society
comment and examin the way British films         functions and the way it shapes people’s
                                                                                                   � Biology
are produced and marketed and the issues         ideas, social behaviour and culture.              � Chemistry
facing the industry today.                       Through the AS programme you will look
The second unit is Foundation Media              at two specific modules, families and             � Physics
Production, where you will construct             household which includes an in-depth look         � Modern
your own media product from a choice of          at the role of the family, diversity, roles and
television, magazines, film or radio. This       relationships and the nature of childhood.          foreign
will be accompanied by a portfolio and a         To further develop your understanding you           languages
presentation. All technical skills will be       will also look at demographic trends in the
taught to you and so prior experience in         UK since 1900. The second module involves         � Physical
these mediums is not necessary.                  education and sociological methods, in              Education
Media Studies is a suitable qualification for    which you will gain a greater knowledge
anyone wishing to work within the creative       of the role and purpose of education,
industries and in particular journalism,         relationships within schools, policies and
advertising and public relations and the film    sociological research methods.
and television industries.                       In the second year you will build on
                                                 your knowledge by looking at beliefs
Psychology                                       in society including religion, crime
                                                 and deviance.
Examining Board: OCR
Have you ever wondered why people do what
they do? Why don’t they think the same way
that you do? How can people believe in things
that you don’t believe in? Do others feel the




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Art and Design
Everything we use, see or read every day has
been designed. Design is all around us and part
of our everyday lives. Skilled, qualified designers
have designed clothes, jewellery, house, office,
factory interiors, advertising, packaging, film,
TV and even this brochure. As a result, Art and
Design courses are a very popular choice for
students of all ages. At West Herts College, your
wide variety of options include Fine Art, Graphic
Design, Fashion, 3D Studies and many more.


Did	you	know…	

�   There are some 122,000 companies in the creative industries,
    employing 1.9 million people

�   99% of UK households have access to a television and 66% have
    access to cable, digital or satellite TV

Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life
Art and Design                                                                                        Don’t
                                                  � Fine art
                                                                                                      forget
  Art,	Design	and	Media	–	         	              � Ceramics
  Introductory	Diploma                 L1                                                             Watford campus
                                                  The course is designed to build a
  Course Code:   8908                             comprehensive portfolio of artwork in               open events:
  Duration:      1 Year                           preparation for progression on to a specialist
                                                  subject course. Visits to galleries and             6.00pm	–	8.30pm
  Location:      Watford campus                   museums will be arranged.
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) including                                                              Art	and	Design	
                 English or Certificate in        Further	study
                 Skills for Working Life,         BTEC National Diplomas in any of the art and        Monday
                 a portfolio of work and a        design disciplines.
                 range of assessments at                                                              10 Nov 2008
                 interview.                       Possible	careers
                                                  Through further study you can progress on           Monday
About	the	course                                  to a range of opportunities in art and design
                                                  practice.                                           2 March 2009
This course is designed to provide students
with a broad based introduction to art, design
and media. It offers you the opportunity to           Art	and	Design	–		
develop the skills and attributes needed to           National	Diploma	                   L3
gain confidence in your ability to achieve,
either in the world of work or to go on to a          Course Code:   8508
higher level course.                                  Duration:      2 Years
Students will study a broad range of subjects         Location:      Watford campus
within art and design and media including:            Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) or First
� Graphics                                                           Diploma plus portfolio
� 3D                                                                 of work and a range of
� Fine art                                                           relevant assessments
� Multimedia                                                         at interview.
� Plus Key Skills/Basic Skills

                                                  About	the	course
Visits to galleries and museums will also be
arranged.                                         This is a diagnostic art and design course
                                                  with a specialist chosen study area selected
Further	study                                     from:
First Diploma in Art and Design or Media.         � Graphics
                                                  � 3D studies
  Art	and	Design	–	First	Diploma	
                                       L2
  Course Code:   8500
  Duration:      1 Year                                 Herts students show their art
  Location:      Watford campus                         Creative students from several departments within West Herts
                                                        College have been busy preparing work for their first summer
  Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D), or                     show, due to open at the Space2 gallery at Watford Museum.
                 Introductory Diploma in
                 Art & Design (including                A whole host of art and design work will be on display, including
                 essential skills), a portfolio         photography, 3D design, illustration, graphic design, fashion and
                 of work and a range of                 media production, as well as a range of ceramics and prints.
                 relevant assessments at                Among the items are book jacket illustrations, fashion plates,
                 interview.                             colourful canvases and ceramic wall tiles.
                                                        Watford Observer, May 2008
About	the	course
This course offers a broad introductory and
diagnostic insight into vocational art and
design including:
� Graphics
� 3D studies
� Textiles




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Art and Design
�  Textiles/fashion
   Fine art                                       Foundation	Studies	(Art	and		
�

During the first year of the course you will
                                                  Design)	–	Edexcel	Diploma          L3
undertake a range of projects that reflect        Course Code:   0358
the specialist areas in art and design.           Duration:      1 Year
The projects will help develop your skills
in Graphic Design including illustration,         Location:      Watford campus
typography and photography, 3D Design             Entry:         Students will have
including product design, interior and                           completed
furniture design. Fashion and Textiles,                          an A Level course of study,
covering a range of techniques and materials                     or an AVCE/National
and Fine Art, which includes painting,                           Diploma, or an AVCE Single
sculpture and printmaking. In the course                         Award with an A/S Level.
of your project work you will develop your                       All students are required
drawing and image-making skills, use of                          to attend an interview and
colour, workshop practice, use of computer-                      will be expected to show
generated imagery and other relevant skills.                     a portfolio of their work.
The second year will provide ‘in depth’                          International students with
continuation of the first year, and will offer                   equivalent qualifications are
study in your chosen specialism, building                        also welcome to apply.
your portfolio to enable you to apply for
Higher Education or seek employment.             About	the	course
Projects encourage understanding of              The primary goal of this course is preparation
professional practice. A visit to a European     for Higher Education. It emphasises a broad,
city plus visits to galleries and museums will   experimental approach to various art
be arranged.                                     and design practices. These include
Further	study                                    elements in:
                                                 � Drawing
BA Hons, Foundation degree or HND in a
                                                 � Painting
related Art and Design subject.
                                                 � Sculpture
Possible	careers
Design careers in fashion, textiles, product,
interior or furniture design and model-
making, illustration, graphics, packaging or
computer-based design and fine art.




“The course gives you the
freedom to express yourself
through art and develop
your own style. The tutors
are amazing and encourage
us all to be individual about
what we do.”
Danielle Taylor – Fine Art and Illustration




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        i
                         �  Photography                                      studies, business studies and historical and
                         �  Video                                            contextual studies provide a backdrop to the
                         � Graphics                                          practical studies.
                         � 3D Design
                                                                             The second year will provide you with in-
                         � Costume
                                                                             depth continuation of the first year and will
                         � Computer art programmes
                                                                             build and enhance your portfolio to enable
                         Throughout the three phases of the course           you to apply for Higher Education courses or
                         you will develop your experiences in a more         seek employment. Our professional design
9 out of 10 Art,         focused way until, in the final phase, you          staff work with our students to develop areas
Design and Media         present a written proposal that forms the           of specialism to suit the ability and creativity
students would           basis of a sustained project in your chosen         of individual students. A European visit,
recommend West           practice. As well as a series of weekly             industrial visits plus visits to galleries and
Herts College to         lectures, other activities include a 4-7 day trip   museums will be arranged.
a friend.                to a major European city (e.g. Berlin), trips
                         to galleries, visits by artists and designers,      Further	study
Learner Satisfaction
Survey 2008
                         to provide a solid theoretical understanding        BA Hons, Foundation Degree or HND in 3D
                         alongside a foundation of practical skills.         specialisms.
                         Further	study                                       Possible	careers
                         BA Hons, Foundation Degree or HND in Art            Product, furniture, interior or spatial design,
                         and Design specialisms.                             model making, architecture, theatre and
                                                                             jewellery making. Other possible careers
                         Possible	careers                                    include set, prop and special effects design,
                         Design industry, applied arts, freelance artist     transport design or computer-based design.
                         or designer, art education.
                                                                               Graphic	Design	–		
                             3D	Design	–	National	Diploma                      National	Diploma	                    L3
                                                                L3
                             Course Code:   0006                               Course Code:   0005
                             Duration:      2 Years                            Duration:      2 Years
                             Location:      Watford campus                     Location:      Watford campus
                             Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) or First            Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) or First
                                            Diploma in Art and Design                         Diploma in Art and Design
                                            plus portfolio of work                            plus portfolio of work
                                            and a range of relevant                           and a range of relevant
                                            assessments at interview.                         assessments at interview.

                         About	the	course                                    About	the	course
                         Three-dimensional design includes the fields        The course consists of studies in various
                         of:                                                 aspects of graphic design including:
                                                                             � Publicity and advertising
                         � Product design
                                                                             � Editorial and publishing
                         � Design for stage, film or TV
                                                                             � Packaging
                         � Interior design, architectural design
                                                                             � Identities
                         � Furniture, model-making, special effects
                                                                             � Illustration/Imagemaking
                            and transport design
                                                                             � Photography
                         � Craft areas such as jewellery and ceramics
                                                                             � Typography
                         This specialist vocational course begins with       � Computer imaging
                         a general introduction to the wide range of         � Historical and contextual studies
                         skills required of a 3D designer.
                                                                             Students are encouraged to develop their
                         Preliminary projects in the workshop area           creative ability, skills and awareness through
                         provide underpinning knowledge in materials         a comprehensive vocational programme of
                         and processes, model making and health              practical projects taught by professional
                         and safety. Studio studies include drawing          designers.
                         and visualisation, perspective drawing
                         and technical drawing. Related computer             At all times students are supported and
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and given every opportunity to explore          Further	study
the spectrum of design possibilities. In        BA Hons, Foundation Degree or HND in
the second year you will continue to study      Fashion Design or related specialism.
through a series of projects, building your
portfolio in preparation for application to     Possible	careers
Higher Education or work in industry.           Employment in the fashion trade, junior
A visit to a European city plus visits to       designer.
galleries and museums will be arranged
throughout the course.
                                                  Fine	Art	and	Illustration	–		
Further	study                                     National	Diploma                      L3
BA Hons, Foundation Degree or HND in              Course Code:   8799
Graphic Design or related specialism.
                                                  Duration:      2 Years
Possible	careers                                  Location:      Watford campus
Graphic design, illustration, packaging and       Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) or First
computer-based design.                                           Diploma in Art and Design
                                                                 plus portfolio of work
  Fashion	and	Clothing	–		                                       and a range of relevant
  National	Diploma                    L3                         assessments at interview.

  Course Code:   4604                           About	the	course
  Duration:      2 Years                        The course aims to develop and equip
  Location:      Watford campus                 students with the skills needed for
                                                successful expression and exploration of
  Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) or First
                                                their ideas. Students are able to pursue and
                 Diploma in Art and Design
                                                develop their own individual language in Fine
                 plus portfolio of work
                                                Art and Illustration.
                 and a range of relevant
                 assessments at interview.      The course is guided by the fundamental
                                                belief in drawing as the essential tool for
About	the	course                                communication in Fine Art and Illustration.
This course provides a stimulating vocational   Students are taught:
combination of fashion and creative textile     � Drawing
design and garment construction. In the first   � Painting
year students gain underpinning knowledge       � Sculpture
in:                                             � Ceramics
                                                � Printmaking
� Fashion design
                                                � Digital imaging and photography
� Fashion illustration
                                                � Traditional values and skills alongside
� Clothing construction
� Pattern cutting
                                                   contemporary means of expression
� Textiles and surface decoration               Work is continually assessed and a
� Historical and contextual studies             tutorial and pastoral system ensures
Professional design staff work with students    students not only succeed, but exceed
to enable them to develop their individual      their expectations. In the second year
creative ability. The students are supported    students work towards a portfolio of work
throughout the course with a tutorial system.   based on a specialist pathway, dictated by
                                                their personal development. Students are
The second year is project based and            guided through their UCAS application and
students are encouraged to work to a            other progression routes. Past students
professional level, preparing for work in       have attended the Slade Summer School,
industry or application to Higher Education.    University College London in the summer
A European trip, visits to industry and         holidays. A visit to a European city plus visits
galleries and museums will be arranged          to galleries and museums will be arranged
throughout the course.                          throughout the course.




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Art and Design
Further	study                                       Textiles	–	National	Diploma
BA, HND, Foundation Degree in Fine Art,
                                                    Course Code:    4605
                                                                                           L3
Illustration, Theatre Special Effects, Fashion
Design and Marketing.                               Duration:       2 Years
                                                    Location:       Watford campus
Possible	careers
                                                    Entry :         4 GCSEs (A*–C), First
Fine Art and Illustration practice.                                 Diploma or equivalent
                                                                    plus a range of relevant
  Design	Crafts	–		                                                 assessments at interview
  National	Diploma                    L3
                                                  About	the	course
  Course Code:   8991
                                                  This course will equip you with the knowledge
  Duration:      2 Years                          and practical design skills you need to
  Location:      Watford campus                   produce visually exciting textiles for both
                                                  fashion and interior ranges.
  Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C), First
                 Diploma or equivalent            You will study a range of textile disciplines
                 plus a range of relevant         including:
                 assessments at interview.        � Constructed textiles – woven, knitted,
                                                     embroidered
                                                  � Printed textiles
About	the	course
                                                  � Mixed media
This specialist vocational Art and Design
programme provides an opportunity to              You will explore and experiment with a
explore the world of the designer. You will       range of media and techniques enabling you
look at the creative design process from          to acquire and develop the basic knowledge
developing ideas, working with materials          and skills essential for design. A strong
and creating finished objects in the areas of     emphasis is placed on the development
ceramics, jewellery making, textiles, print       of drawing skills throughout.
making and a variety of other craft areas.        During the course you will also
You will be introduced to a variety of            learn about colour, surface,
materials including wood, metal, ceramics,        materials, print, pattern, knitting,
textiles, plastic and glass and you will work     design and illustration, weaving,
in a studio as well as developing computer        embroidery, papermaking, drawing,
skills to visualise your work.                    digital imaging including Photoshop
                                                  and Illustrator, fabrics and the
In the second year you will develop a portfolio   manipulation of materials.
of your work to help you progress to Higher
Education or to go into employment. A             You will also enhance your skills
European visit, industrial visits and trips to    through specialised projects for
galleries and exhibitions are organised as        interior and fashion products with
part of your course.                              both commercial and craft outcomes.
                                                  A visit to a European city plus visits
Further	study                                     to galleries and museums will be
Foundation Degree, BA Honours or HND in           arranged throughout the course.
3D Crafts or specialist craft areas such as       Further	study	
ceramics, jewellery making, print making,
constructed textiles or furniture making.         Foundation Degree, BA Honours or
                                                  HND in a fashion and textile specialism.
Possible	careers
                                                  Possible	careers	
A range of craft and design based careers.
                                                  You have many career opportunities
                                                  including textile designer, interior
                                                  stylist, illustrator, freelance artist and
                                                  craft designer.




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                        Three-Dimensional	Design	–		                     Further	Study	
                        Foundation	Degree                                On successful completion of your Foundation
                                                                         degree you can continue your studies to BA or
                        Duration:     2 Years
                                                                         BSc (Hons) degrees in related fields such as
                        Location:     Watford campus                     Interior and Spatial Design, Product Design
                        Entry:        60 points (including one GCE       or Industrial and Model Design. Alternatively
                                      A Level or equivalent) plus        you will have the qualifications to work in the
“The tutors have                      5 GCSEs at grade C or above        industry.
all had experience                    plus a portfolio of work
of working in the                     showing your interest and
                                                                           	 ashion	and	Textiles	–		
                                                                           F
industry, which                       potential ability.
                                                                           Foundation	Degree
really benefits us
as they’re very                                                            Duration:     2 Years
                        Apply via UCAS:
knowledgeable.”                                                            Location:     Watford campus
                        Route A - W201 FdA/TdD
Sophie Dean –
Fashion and Textiles
                        Route B - E201 FdA/TdDb                            Entry:        60 points (including one GCE
                        Institution code - HERTS H36                                     A Level or equivalent) plus
                        campus code - W                                                  5 GCSEs at grade C or above
                                                                                         plus a portfolio of work
                       About	the	Course	                                                 showing your interest and
                                                                                         potential ability.
                       Three-dimensional design involves the
                       design and prototyping of functional
                       consumer products, furniture, interiors and         Apply via UCAS:
                       environments in civic, public and commercial        Route A - W232 FdA/FT
                       spaces. Throughout this course you will             Route B - E232 FdA/FTb
                       gain a greater understanding of the skills          Institution code - HERTS H36
                       and technologies associated with this               campus code - W
                       field. Studio studies both traditional and
                       electronic include drawing and visualisation,
                       perspective and technical drawing.                About	the	Course	
                       There is strong emphasis on experimental          Develop your creative and technical skills in
                       work in all fields and you will study a range     fashion and textiles to a very high level. You
                       of areas such as Interior and Spatial Design,     will study core modules such as
                       Large and Small-scale Crafts, Furniture,          Creative Languages, Cultural Context,
                       Model making, Exhibition and Theatre Design.      Skills Processes and Technologies and
                       The course will include visits to exhibitions,    Entrepreneurship and will have the
                       design studios and manufacturing units.           opportunity to put theoretical knowledge
                                                                         into practice through a range of vocational
                                                                         projects.
                                                                         You will also be able to unleash your
                                                                         creativity through Fashion Design,
                                                                         Fashion Illustration, Pattern and Garment
                                                                         Construction, Stitched, Knitted and Printed
                                                                         Textiles.
                                                                         There is a strong emphasis on practical
                                                                         experiment work in all fields and you will
                                                                         be asked to respond to design briefs in a
                                                                         creative and considered way, evaluating
                                                                         your own work as you progress. Visiting
                                                                         lecturers and visits to exhibitions ,
                                                                         manufacturing units and design studios
                                                                         will all bring this subject to life for you.
                                                                         Further	Study	
                                                                         You will be able to progress to the final
                                                                         year of a relevant Art, Design or Media
                                                                         BA Honours Degree or will have the
                                                                         qualifications to work in this industry.



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Art and Design
  Graphic	Design	–		                                Illustration	–		
  Foundation	Degree                                 Foundation	Degree

  Duration:    2 Years                              Duration:    2 Years
  Location:    Watford campus                       Location:    Watford campus
  Entry:       60 points (including one GCE         Entry:       60 points (including one GCE
               A Level or equivalent) plus                       A Level or equivalent) plus
               5 GCSEs at grade C or above                       5 GCSEs at grade C or above
               plus a portfolio of work                          plus a portfolio of work
               showing your interest and                         showing your interest and
               potential ability.                                potential ability.

  Apply via UCAS:                                   Apply via UCAS:
  Route A - W216 FdA/GrD                            Route A - W220 FdA/Illus
  Route B - E216 FdA/GrDb                           Route B - E220 FdA/Illusb
  Institution code - HERTS H36                      Institution code - HERTS H36
  campus code - W                                   campus code – W

About	the	Course	                                 About	the	Course	
Develop your creative and technical skills in     On this course you will develop your abilities
graphic design to a very high level. As well as   to become a forward thinking, motivated and
core units you will study a range of practical    talented Illustrator. You will learn about the
subjects such as Publishing, Advertising,         processes and technologies associated with
Publicity Information and New Media to            this industry as well as work with a wide
increase your understanding of the graphic        variety of illustration techniques, drawing,
design industry.                                  painting, printmaking, mixed media and
There is a strong emphasis on practical           digital processes.
experiment work alongside external visits to      You will also gain knowledge of
studios, exhibitions and galleries to increase    commissioning, employment practice and
your knowledge and bring your subject to life.    how to promote and market your work using
                                                  traditional promotional techniques as well as
Further	Study	                                    the use of websites.
On successful completion of your Foundation
degree you can progress directly into             Further	Study	
employment or to a BA Honours degree in           On completion of your Foundation degree
related subjects such as Graphic Design or        you will have the qualifications to progress
Illustration at University.                       directly into employment or continue your
                                                  studies by joining the final year of a BA, BSc
                                                  (Hons) degree in Graphic Design, Illustration
                                                  or an Art and Design based degree.




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Art, Media and Photography
A wide variety of careers are available in the growing creative sectors of
the economy. Everything from television, film, advertising, photography,
publishing, computer graphics and video production. And because it’s a sector
that’s changing every day, our courses are constantly updated too, blending
practical aspects with the necessary theory to ensure the skills and knowledge
you learn today are relevant to the needs of tomorrow. You’ll need talent, of
course, but equally important is a drive to succeed in these highly competitive
fields – plus a desire to contribute and make your mark on everything we use,
see or read. If you have designs on a creative career, give us a call now.
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Art, Media and Photography
  Art	and	Media		–	Certificate	in		               Further	study
  Skills	for	Working	Life                E3       National Diploma in Moving Image,
                                                  Photography, Multimedia or A Levels.             Past students
  Course Code:   8090                                                                              with Media
  Duration:      1 Year
                                                    Photography	–	National	Diploma	
                                                                                                   qualifications
  Location:      Watford campus                                                          L3        have gone on to
  Entry:         Entry level 2 in literacy and      Course Code:   0143                            work both in front
                 numeracy and a range of            Duration:      2 Years                         of and behind the
                 assessments at interview.                                                         camera in a range
                                                    Location:      Watford campus
                                                                                                   of careers
                                                    Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including        including Media
About	the	course                                                   English. First Diploma in       production,
You will study two specialist units relating                       Media or Art and Design
                                                                                                   directing and
to Art and Media, plus four supporting units                       and a range of relevant
including literacy and numeracy.                                   assessments at interview.
                                                                                                   writing.

Further	information
                                                  About	the	course
You will work in small groups and be
                                                  This is a nationally recognised vocational
supported by a learning adviser.
                                                  course of study in photography and digital
Further	study                                     imaging. Practical work is strongly backed
                                                  up by related theoretical studies. This
At Level 1 (L1), additional courses or
                                                  combination develops professionalism for
employment.
                                                  future work placement and awareness of the
                                                  critical issues applicable to Higher Education
  Media	–	First	Diploma	                          courses. Students also develop chosen key
                                         L2       skills in communication (both written and
  Course Code:   8010                             oral) or IT.
  Duration:      1 Year                           This programme caters for students from a
  Location:      Watford campus                   wide range of backgrounds and ages and has
                                                  a proven record of achievement in
  Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*–D)
                                                  assisting students to progress to careers
                 or Introductory Diploma in
                                                  in photography and imagemaking. The
                 Art & Design/Media and a
                                                  programme of study is broad ranging,
                 range of relevant
                                                  enabling you to acquire the technical and
                 assessments at interview.
                                                  transferable skills you need for future
                                                  employment or progression to Higher
About	the	course                                  Education. The major project in year
This course offers a practical-based              two provides an outstanding opportunity to
introduction to production techniques in the      demonstrate advanced image-making skills
media industry. The main elements of the          at future interviews.
course are:
                                                  Further	study
� Building skills in video, interactive media
   and photography                                Foundation or BA (Hons) Degree in
� Exploring media genre
                                                  photography or a range of media subjects.
� Investigating local and national media
                                                  Possible	careers                                   New	Diplom
You will learn to follow a brief and work in      Photographic work across a wide range of
                                                                                                                   a
                                                                                                     Did	you	kno
teams to plan and produce audio-visual            the arts, media and photographic industries.                   w	
media products. The programme of study,                                                             you	can	now
                                                                                                                  	do	
which includes Key Skills in Communication                                                          a	Creative	a
                                                                                                                 nd	
(both written and oral) is broad ranging                                                            Media	Diplo
and enables you to acquire the technical                                                                        ma?
                                                                                                    See	page	8
and transferable skills needed for future
employment or further study.




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Art, Media and
Photography
 Media	Production	(Journalism)	–		
 National	Diploma	09	              L3
 Course Code:   8990
 Duration:      2 Years
 Location:      Watford campus
 Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C), First
                Diploma or equivalent
                plus a range of relevant
                assessments at interview.

About	the	course
This course offers you the opportunity to
explore and develop skills relating to a
career in the world of journalism. You will
gain knowledge of the print based world of
media and journalism in television, radio
and through interactive media such as
the Internet.
This course includes the following
core units:
� Research techniques
� Writing and editing copy
� Pre-production techniques
                                               Media	Production	(Television		
� Production management project
                                               and	film)	National	Diploma         L3
� Working to a brief
� Critical approaches to media production      Course Code:   8919
Optional units cover a variety of contexts     Duration:      2 Years
to help you develop an understanding in:
                                               Location:      Watford campus
� Writing for television and video
                                               Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
� Interviewing techniques
                                                              English or First Diploma
� Factual programme production
                                                              in Media or Art and Design
   techniques for TV
                                                              and a range of relevant
� Scriptwriting for radio
                                                              assessments at interview.
� News production for radio
� Graphic narratives
� Interactive media practices                 About	the	course
� Working freelance or setting up a small     This course offers you the opportunity to
   business in the media industry             develop skills, knowledge and understanding,
Students also develop important Key Skills    preparing you for further training, leading to
in communication and the use of IT, plus a    entry into employment within the film and TV
range of transferable skills needed for       industries. The compulsory units, together
future employment or progression into         with selected optional units, provide a
Higher Education.                             sound basis for progression to a BA Hons or
                                              Foundation Degree.
Further	study	                                The compulsory units include:
Foundation Degree, BA Honours or HND in       � Nature of the film and TV industries
Journalism or Media Production or related     � Skills required to gain employment within
media subjects.                                 film and TV
                                              � Professional practices and production
Possible	careers	
                                                processes
Journalism in printed media, TV, radio or
interactive media.




46                                              Fair treatment, respect and support to help you succeed – see page 120
                                                 “The media facilities are very good.
                                                 From the TV studios through to the
                                                 fully-equipped editing suites there’s
                                                 everything you need to be successful
                                                 on screen and behind the scenes.”
                                                 Lauren Denhard – Media Production




                                                    Interactive	Media	–		
                                                    National	Diploma
                                                                                       L3
                                                                                                   Media Production
                                                    Course Code:   0007                            students from
                                                    Duration:      2 Years                         West Herts College
                                                                                                   have done the double
                                                    Location:      Watford campus                  – scooping two awards
                                                    Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) or First         and having their
                                                                   Diploma in Art & Design         films selected for
                                                                   plus portfolio of work          screening at the 2008
                                                                   and a range of relevant         Co-Operative Young
                                                                   assessments at interview.       Film-makers Festival.
                                                                                                   The award-winning
                                                  About	the	course                                 videos, A Lot of Time
                                                                                                   to Kill and Sam The
                                                  This course provides you with the opportunity    Rescue Dog, were
                                                  to develop creative ideas and obtain technical   screened in front of a
�  Research methods, camera techniques            skills to produce a range of multimedia          large audience at the
   and                                            solutions.                                       prestigious annual film
   editing skills
                                                  The course includes the following units:         festival – the first time
� Nature of media products
                                                  � Design methods                                 the students had seen
The optional units develop understanding                                                           their work on the big
                                                  � Drawing development
and skills in production techniques for audio                                                      screen.
                                                  � Visual communications
and video and print based media and enable
                                                  � Ideas and concepts                             “The students
the development of ideas, team working and
                                                  � Audio and visual production                    demonstrated
production management skills.
                                                  � Computers in Art and Design                    excellent technical
Students also develop important Key Skills in     � Words and images                               skills in their
Communication (both oral and written). The        � Interface design                               productions, as well
first year includes practical work on location    � Website design                                 as strong ideas and
and TV studio video production. In the second     � Location photography                           creativity,” said course
year, you will extend your studies further to     � Type and letter forms                          leader Ian Bell.
incorporate additional work in documentary        � Image manipulation
and drama production. The programme of            � 3D modelling and animation
study is broad ranging – enabling you to
                                                  Through the core and specialist units offered,
acquire the technical and transferable skills
                                                  students can explore and experiment with a
needed for future employment or progression
                                                  broad range of media. A visit to a European
to Higher Education.
                                                  city plus visits to galleries and museums will
Further	study                                     be arranged throughout the course.
Foundation Degree in Media, Design                Further	study
and Production, HND in a media related
                                                  Foundation Degree/ BA Honours Degree in a
subject, BA Media Studies, BA Film and TV
                                                  range of related subjects.
Production.
                                                  Possible	careers
Possible	careers
                                                  Design or media industry, web design, games
Film, television and a wide range of media
                                                  design or animation.
related employment.




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Art, Media and Photography
  Media	Production	–		                              Photography	–		                                “I’ve progressed
  Foundation	Degree                                 Foundation	Degree                              from just learning
  Duration:      2 Years                            Duration:      2 Years
                                                                                                   the basics of how
  Location:      Watford campus                     Location:      Watford campus
                                                                                                   to use a camera
  Entry:         60 points (including one           Entry:         60 points (including one
                                                                                                   to being confident
                 GCE A Level or equivalent)                        GCE A Level or equivalent)      enough with the
                 plus 5 GCSEs at grade C                           plus 5 GCSEs at grade C         skills I’ve learnt
                 or above and a portfolio of                       or above and a portfolio of
                 work showing your interest                        work showing your interest      to consider
                 and potential ability                             and potential ability.          starting my own
                                                                                                   photographic
  Apply via UCAS:                                   Apply via UCAS:                                business.”
  Route A - W283 FdA/MP                             Route A - W640 FdA/Pho
  Route B - E283 FdA/MPb                            Route B - E640 FdA/Phob                        Keith Harrison -
  Institution code - H36                            Institution code - H36                         Photography
  campus code - W                                   campus code – W

About	the	Course	                                 About	the	Course	
On this course you will develop the skills        This programme is designed to give you the
needed to enter the highly competitive            opportunity to develop your creative and
world of television and film, as well as an       technical skills in photography to a very high
awareness of the business and contextual          level. There will be strong emphasis on
frameworks of the industry.                       practical experimental work in all fields and
There will be strong emphasis on innovative       core modules include Creative Languages,
industry-linked work in all fields and you will   Cultural Context, Entrepreneurship and skills
be asked to respond to briefs in a creative       processes and technologies.
and considered way. Core modules include          These are part of a range of vocational
Creative Languages, Cultural Context,             projects allowing you to develop skills needed
Entrepreneurship and skills processes and         to work in the highly competitive world of
technologies. You will be able to learn from      photography.
the experience of visiting lecturers and find
your own creative style.                          Further	Study	
On completion of the programme you will           On successful completion of your Foundation
have a portfolio of five short films in areas     degree you can progress to a BA or BSc
of fiction, factual and entertainment.            (Hons) degree in Lens and Digital Media or
                                                  Fine Art or a related subject. Alternatively
Further	Study	                                    you will be qualified to work in the industry.
On completion you will have the opportunity
to join a BA or BSc (Hons) degree in Film and
TV Media or a related subject or progress
directly to work.




48                                                                      West Herts College values diversity – see page 120
                                                    Did you know…
                                                    � There are about 1.57 million small
                                                      businesses in the UK
                                                    � The world’s most valuable brand is
                                                      Coca-Cola at £35,907m
                                                    Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life




Business Studies
The management of business organisations
requires a breadth of knowledge, techniques and
skills. Our courses blend theory with practical
experience to provide students with the knowledge
and expertise to meet the challenges of business.
Business Studies is also a useful complement to
learning in other academic areas.



Second year students can take residential
trips to develop their skills and understanding
of business life in areas directly relevant to
the subjects they’re studying.
      i
                      Business Studies
                                                                        You will also have the chance to develop
                        Business,	Administration		                      your key skills in one of the following areas:
                        and	Retail	–	Certificate	in		     E3            communication, application of number
Past students           Skills	for	Working	Life                         and ICT.
with business
qualifications have     Course Code:   8092                             Further	study
found employment        Duration:      1 Year                           You could progress on to a First Diploma
in personnel, law,      Location:      Cassio campus                    course in subjects such as Business, ICT, or
finance, retail         Entry:         Entry level 2 in literacy        Travel and Tourism.
management,                            and numeracy and a               Possible	careers
IT, marketing,                         range of relevant
banking, general                       assessments at interview.        You will have the opportunity to join a range
management,                                                             of employment opportunities in the business
                                                                        sector.
insurance, and        About	the	course
advertising.          You will study two specialist units relating        Business	–	First	Diploma	
                      to Business, Administration and Retail, plus                                              L2
                      four supporting units including literacy and        Course Code:    0278
                      numeracy.
                                                                          Duration:       1 Year
                      Further	information                                 Location:       Cassio campus
                      You will work in small groups and be                Entry:          3 GCSEs (A*-D) including
                      supported by a learning adviser.                                    English or Introcuctory
                                                                                          Diploma and a range of
                      Further	study                                                       relevant assessments
                      At Level 1 (L1), additional courses or                              at interview.
                      employment.
                                                                        About	the	course
                        Business,	Retail	and	Administration	            This course provides a useful qualification
                        Introductory	Diploma                            into employment in its own right, but can also
                                                                        be used as an entry to the National Diploma.
                        Course Code: 0277                L1
                        Duration:    1 Year
                        Location:    Cassio or
                                     Dacorum campus
                        Entry:       2 GCSEs (E–G) or
                                     Certificate in Skills for
                                     Working Life and a range
                                     of relevant assessments
                                     at interview.

                      About	the	course
                      This course will help you gain a basic
                      understanding of business and will enable
                      progression on to the First Diploma in
                      Business or employment in business. It is
                      made up of the following units:
                      � Finance in business
                      � Communication
                      � Introduction to Retail
                      � Introduction to Administration
                      � Introduction to Customer Service
                      � Social Responsibility
                      � Working in Business




50                                                      It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re going – see page 120
Business Studies
“I’ve been interested in the world of business and how
companies work for as long as I can remember. The subject
really grabbed my attention when I studied it at school
and I’m glad to have the opportunity to study it in more depth
at College.”
Aamir Khan – BTEC National Certificate in Business


It is made up of the following units:
                                                        Business	–	National	Diploma	
� Starting a small business
� Developing relations with customers                   Course Code:   0274               L3
� Personal selling skills                               Duration:      2 Years
� Investigating financial control
                                                        Location:      Cassio campus
You will also have the chance to develop your
key skills in one of the following areas:               Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
                                                                       English and a range of
� Application of Number                                                assessments at interview.
� ICT
� Communication
                                                      About	the	course
Further	study                                         This popular course will develop your
You could go on to a National Diploma course          knowledge and understanding of how
in subjects such as Business, ICT and Travel          businesses operate and generate profits for
and Tourism.                                          their owners and shareholders. Students
                                                      should have an interest in understanding
Possible	careers                                      organisations, the markets they serve and
General office work, sales, buying, finance           how to deal with customers effectively.
or administration.




Getting	down	to	business...
Budding entrepreneurs from West Herts                This can be through WENTA, careers advice
College have been getting help and advice            or inviting other agencies to come in and
about setting up their own business.                 talk about specific areas of business.          New	Diploma	
The project, which is run in conjunction with        Chris Pichon, Chief Executive of Wenta,         Did	you	know		
WENTA (Watford Enterprise Agency), aims              Hertfordshire’s leading Enterprise             you	can	now	do		
to give students practical help and advice           Agency, said: “This project is a wonderful
about self employment. The students are              opportunity for West Herts College and
                                                                                                    a	Business,	Admin	
able to attend workshops or one-to-one               WENTA.                                         and	Finance	
sessions to discuss setting up their own             “We are working collaboratively to provide
                                                                                                    Diploma?
business as a viable career option.                  students with down to earth, practical         See	page	8
We have been working closely with                    advice on how to set up their own business
our students to arm them with all the                and this programme will give them the
information and support they could need              confidence in knowing just how to go about
once they have graduated from College.               it successfully.”




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Business Studies
You will study 18 units over the two years          Business	–		                                     “This course
including:                                          Foundation	Degree
� Effective people communication and
                                                                                                      has taught
                                                    Duration:      2 Years
  information                                                                                         me a lot about
� Introduction to marketing                         Location:      Watford campus
� Introduction to accounting                        Entry:         60 point, including one
                                                                                                      what it would
� Exploring team development                                       GCE A level or equivalent,         take to run my
                                                                   plus GCSE grade C or
� Managing a business event
                                                                   above in Maths and English         own company
Further	study                                                      (or equivalent) required.
                                                                                                      – hopefully
Foundation Degree Business or a variety
of first degree courses at universities and         Apply via UCAS:
                                                                                                      it won’t be
colleges.                                           Business – N101 FdA/Bus                           long before I
Possible	careers                                    Business with Advertising –                       make my first
                                                    N1NM FdA/BAdv
Almost every business oriented career you
can think of!                                       Business with Finance –
                                                                                                      million!”
Past students with business qualifications          N1N3 FdA/BusFin
                                                                                                       Luke Tobin –
have found employment in the following              Business with HRM –                                First Diploma in Business
broad occupational areas: personnel, retail         N1N6 FdA/BusHR
management, general management, law,                Business with Marketing –
finance, insurance, marketing, information          N1N5 FdA/BusMkt
technology, advertising and banking.
                                                    Business with Public Relations –
                                                    N1L2 FdA/BusBPR
  Business	(E-Commerce)	–		
  National	Diploma                   L3             Business with Travel & Tourism –
                                                    N1NX FdA/BTT
  Course Code:   0276
  Duration:      2 Years                            Institution code – HERTS H36
  Location:      Dacorum campus                     campus code – W
  Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
                 English and a range of           About	the	Course	          	
                 relevant assessments             On this programme you will cover core
                 at interview.                    business modules to increase your
                                                  understanding of the world of business and
About	the	course                                  will have the opportunity to specialise in your
                                                  field of interest based on the subjects listed.
This course is for keen students who have
an eye for business, how it operates and          � Advertising
want to find out more. Students should            � Marketing
have an interest in understanding business        � Finance
organisations, the markets they serve and         � Human Resource Management
how to deal with customers effectively.           � Public Relations
You will study 18 units over the two              � Travel and Tourism
years including:
                                                  In addition you will take several work-based
� Effective people communication
                                                  related modules, maximising your potential
  and information                                 for further study or work.
� Introduction to marketing
� Introduction to the internet and e–business     Further	Study	
� Website design strategies                       On completion you can apply to university
                                                  to complete your studies to Honours
Further	study                                     degree level achieving a BA or BSc (Hons)
Foundation Degree, BA Honours or HND in a         in Business or a related subject or you will
business related subject.                         have the qualifications to enter a professional
                                                  career.
Possible	careers
Employment in all sectors of business and
business related e-commerce.


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Care and Early Years
If you enjoy working with people and helping others, caring can
provide great satisfaction and a great career. There are many
job routes and career opportunities within caring, whether it’s
working with the elderly, children or people with disabilities – in
the public, private or voluntary sectors.

Our popular Early Years courses prepare         Did you know…
people to work with babies and children
under eight years. The courses give you a       �   Some 130 million babies were born in
mixture of practical and theory teaching,           2007 – about 734,100 in the UK
so you have the best possible preparation       �   The average cost of a childminder is
for work with children. You will learn              £130 a week
about child development, how to work with
children and parents, and the services          Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life
available for children and their carers. Your
work experience will match this variety –
with experience of nurseries, infant schools,
day centres or family centres.

Our NHS Cadet Scheme offers students the
opportunity to look at a range of careers
within the health service.
Care and Early Years


                                                                                                            i
  CACHE	Foundation	Award		                       the adult and preparing for employment,
  in	Caring	for	Children             L1          physical, emotional and social care and
                                                 development. You will attend college three
  Course Code:   9033                            days a week and placements for two days
  Duration:      1 Year                          and occasionally spend a week in a training
                                                 placement where practical skills will be
  Location:      Cassio campus
                                                 assessed.
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) or Certificate
                 in Skills for Working Life      Further	study                                      A Criminal Record
                 and a range of relevant         Diploma in Childcare and Education, BTEC           Bureau check is
                 assessments at interview.       National Diploma in Caring or NVQs in Early        mandatory for
                                                 Years Care and Education or Adult Care.            anyone wishing to
About	the	course                                                                                    work with children,
                                                 Possible	careers
This course is designed to introduce students                                                       the elderly, or any
to the knowledge and understanding required      Nursery, creche or pre-school assistant or
                                                 mother’s help.
                                                                                                    other vulnerable
in caring for children up to the age of eight.                                                      sector of society.
The course covers:
� Personal development and basic skills            NEW	CACHE	Diploma	in		
� Identifying personal goals and                   Childcare	and	Education	           L3
   achievements
� Human growth and development
                                                   Course Code:   0302
� Play and basic practical caring skills           Duration:      2 Years
Supervised work experience is an important         Location:      Cassio campus
part of the course. Students will complete         Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
15 days in placement. As well as the CACHE                        English language, CACHE
Award it is possible to gain basic skills and                     Certificate in Childcare and
Key Skills.                                                       Education at merit or above,
                                                                  plus a range of relevant
Further	study
                                                                  assessments at interview.
First Diploma in Health and Social Care,
CACHE Certificate in Childcare and               About	the	course
Education, or NVQs in Early Years Care and
Education or Adult Care.                         On the programme you will learn about
                                                 children at different stages of their
Possible	careers                                 development. You will also learn how to care
Assistant in child care environments such as     for and educate children under the age of 8
pre-school groups, out of school groups or       years old. Units include:
other child care settings.                       � Observation and assessment of babies
                                                    and children
                                                 � Physical, emotional and social
  NEW	CACHE	Diploma		
                                                    development
  in	Childcare	and	Education         L2          � Children’s health, nutrition and play
  Course Code:   0353                            Training placements with babies and children
  Duration:      1 Year                          form an integral part of the programme. You
                                                 will attend college three days per week and
  Location:      Cassio campus
                                                 training placement two days per week. An
  Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) or CACHE         external exam is taken at the end of Year 2 in
                 Foundation Award, plus          addition to continual assessment of practical
                 a range of relevant             and written work.
                 assessments at interview.
                                                 Further	study
About	the	course                                 HND Early Childhood Studies, Sure
Students follow a programme that gives           Start Foundation Degree in Early Years.
a sound foundation of the knowledge and          Universities will also accept students with
practical skills to work with children in a      good grades for Nurse Training or Early
range of settings. These include the role of     Years Teacher’s Training.




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Care and Early Years
Possible	careers
Nanny, early years worker in activity centre/
primary school/hospital, play leader, care
assistant, nurse assistant.

  Health	and	Social	Care	–		
  Introductory	Diploma               L1
  Course Code:   2505
  Duration:      1 Year
  Location:      Cassio campus
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) or Certificate
                 in Skills for Working Life
                 and a range of relevant
                 assessments at interview.

About	the	course
This course is designed to enable students
to develop the skills and qualities required in   About	the	course
care work. The course provides a good basis                                                       “I particularly
                                                  This is a practical work-related course that
for further study in the vocational areas of
Health and Social Care and Early Years.
                                                  will introduce you to the Care sector and       enjoyed the
                                                  provide a good basis to move on to a more
The course is made up of eight units:             advanced work-related qualification. The        practical side
� Starting work in Health and Social Care         course includes the following units:            of the course,
� Working in Health and Social Care               � Values and interpersonal skills
� Developing skills in Health and Social Care     � Lifespan development and care needs
                                                                                                  having spent
� Personal effectiveness
� Financial management
                                                  � Care practice foundations                     time on work
� Looking after children                          Specialist units include:                       placements in
� Images of people
� Exploring local services
                                                  �   Values and communications in care           family centres,
                                                      settings
You will also be required to successfully         �   Physical care                               working with
complete work experience in a care setting.       �
                                                  �
                                                      Client support
                                                      The caring environment
                                                                                                  people with
Further	study                                     �   Promoting activity                          special needs
You can continue your education with a Level
2 course in Early Years or Care.
                                                  You will also be required to successfully       and in schools.”
                                                  complete a minimum of 200 hours of work
Possible	careers                                  experience in a care setting.                   Hannah Mooney –
                                                  For those candidates wishing to pursue a        Health and Social Care
With further training and study you will have
the ability and the skills to work in an Early    career in nursing, hospital work placements
Years or Care setting.                            within the NHS can be arranged.
                                                  Further	study
  Health	and	Social	Care	–		                      With further training or study, students go
  First	Diploma	                     L2           into careers such as social work, residential
                                                  care management, housing and the probation
  Course Code:   8556
                                                  service.
  Duration:      1 Year
  Location:      Cassio campus                    Possible	careers
  Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) or CACHE          If you wanted to get a job straight away
                 Foundation Award                 you could work in registered care homes,
                 and a range of relevant          housing, community work and the voluntary
                 assessments at interview.        sector, classroom support, hospitals and
                                                  Primary Care Trusts.




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Care and Early Years


                                                                                                                        i
    Health	and	Social	Care	–		                             Advanced	Practice	in		
    National	Diploma                       L3              work	with	children		
                                                           and	families	(HNC)	
    Course Code:   2502
    Duration:      2 Years                                 Duration:      2 Years (part time)
    Location:      Cassio campus                           Location:      Watford campus
    Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including                Entry:         60 points (including one
                   English language or BTEC                               GCE A Level or equivalent)            A Criminal Record
                   First Diploma in Health                                plus 5 GCSEs at grade C               Bureau check is
                   and Social Care or CACHE                               or above.                             mandatory for
                   Certificate in Child Care and           You will also need to be at a work                   anyone wishing to
                   Education at merit or above,            placement in a childcare setting for                 work with children,
                   and a range of relevant                 10hrs per week.                                      the elderly, or any
                   assessments at interview.               All our students who enrol onto childcare            other vulnerable
                                                           courses need to pass an Enhanced                     sector of society.
About	the	course                                           Criminal Records Bureau screening.
This redesigned programme of 18 units is a                 Call 01923 812345 and request an
recognised university entry route, (equivalent             application form.
to 3 A Levels) and will cover subjects such as:
                                                         About	the	Course	
�   Life span development
�   Psychology                                           Childcare and education is now the second
�   Sociology                                            fastest growth area of employment in the UK.
�   Practical caring skills and research                 If you enjoy working with children, then now
                                                         is a excellent time to develop your skills in
You will attend college three days per                   this area.
week. A combination of one day per week                  You will enjoy a wide variety of topics that,
in placement with occasional whole week                  coupled with your experiences will help
placements throughout the course will                    you develop exciting new skills. These
normally be arranged. Work will be assessed              include child protection, communicating
by internally set assignments.                           development, understanding children’s
For those candidates wishing to pursue a                 behaviour and theories of development.
career in nursing, hospital work placements              For those candidates wishing to pursue a
within the NHS can be arranged.                          career in nursing, hospital work placements
Further	study                                            within the NHS can be arranged.
BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma                 Further	Study	
in Early Childhood Studies leading to BA                 When you have complete this programme
(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. Nursing,              you can progress into employment or to
Community Work, Teacher Training.                        the second year of the BA (Hons) degree
Possible	careers                                         Education Studies
                                                         or a related course.
Health care professionals, police force,
nursing, social work or teaching.




“The practical work placements have led to me securing a
full-time post with my local nursery where I did a lot of my
work experience. There’s a nice atmosphere and nice
surroundings at College.”
Amber Routley – CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education




56                                                             Fair treatment, respect and support to help you succeed – see page 120
Care and Early Years
                                                                 Early	Years	–	
                                                                 Foundation	Degree

                                                                 Duration:      2 Years (part-time)
                                                                 Location:      Watford campus
                                                                 Entry:         60 points (including one
                                                                                GCE A Level or equivalent)
                                                                                plus 5 GCSEs at grade C
                                                                                or above. In addition to this
                                                                                you will also need two years
                                                                                work experience in working
                                                                                with children aged 0 to 8.
                                                                 All our students who enrol onto
                                                                 childcare courses need to pass an
                                                                 Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau
                                                                 screening.
                                                                 Finally we would also need to see a
                                                                 signed statement of support from your
                                                                 manager or head teacher. Apply online
                                                                 to the University of Hertfordshire or
                                                                 download an application form at
                                                                 www.herts.ac.uk


                                                               About	the	Course	
                                                               You will build on your current experience
                                                               in working with children, to help you on
                                                               this exciting course that involves legal and
                                                               professional skills, managing activities
                                                               for children, professional diversity and
                                                               curriculum frameworks to name just a few
                                                               modules that you will be studying.
                                                               This course has been developed in full
                                                               consultation with employers, and is both
                                                               acknowledged by the DfES as Sure Start
                                                               Recognised and endorsed by the major
                                                               players in the industry.
                                                               Further	Study	
                                                               This programme will prepare you for
                                                               progression into employment or to the final
                                                               year of the BA Honours Degree.
                                                               A small number of students who meet
                                                               specific criteria can also gain qualified
                                                               teacher status by entering the third year
                                                               of a BEd programme.




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Construction Skills
Our range of full-time Construction courses provide you with an
excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary for a career
in the construction industry, whether working for a national
employer, a small local business or self-employed in a trade.

Did you know…
� Since 1994, the Heritage Lottery fund
  has awarded £3m to more than 15,000
  building projects across the UK
� The world’s tallest building is the Taipei
  101 in Taiwan at 501m high
Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life
Construction Skills
  PLASTERING	

  Plastering	–	Level	1	
  Construction	Diploma                L1
  Course Code:   0242
  Duration:      1 Year
  Location:      Dacorum campus
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) including
                 English and maths or
                 Certificate in Skills for
                 Working Life and a range of
                 relevant assessments
                 at interview.

About	the	course
The course will allow you to gain a              “I’d recommend West Herts College’s construction
foundation qualification in plastering.
                                                  courses to anyone wanting to work in the building trade.
You will cover the following units:
                                                  The tutors are really helpful - they all know the tricks of
� Handle and store resources
� Contribute to work relationships
                                                  the trade having worked in the industry themselves.”
� Contribute to providing working platforms       Oliver Brown – Brickwork
� Prepare materials for use
� Prepare components for use                      You will cover the following units:
� Use components and materials
                                                  � Store materials and equipment
This course is workshop and classroom             � Erect and dismantle basic working
based.                                              platforms
                                                  � Work efficiently
Further	study                                     � Fix sheet materials
After successful completion of your course        � Internal solid plastering
you will be able to continue your studies         � External solid plastering
on an Intermediate Construction Award in          � Basic repairs to fibrous plastering
Plastering at Level 2.                            This course is workshop and classroom
                                                  based.
  Plastering	–	Level	2		
  Construction	Diploma                            Further	study
                                      L2          After successful completion of the course you
  Course Code: 0255                               will be able to continue your studies on an
  Duration:    1 Year                             Advanced Construction Award in Plastering –
  Location:    Dacorum campus                     Solid or Fibrous routes.
  Entry:       Successful completion of
                                                    Plastering	–	Fibrous	Work	  	
               the Foundation Construction
                                                    Advanced	Construction	Award	        L3
               Award – Plastering (FCA) or
               3 GCSEs including maths and          Course Code:    0282
               English (A*-D) and a range
               of relevant assessments at           Duration:       1 Year
               interview. Applicants must           Location:       Dacorum campus
               have previous plastering             Entry:          Successful completion of the
               experience.                                          Intermediate Construction
                                                                    Award – Plastering Route.
About	the	course
This course will allow you to gain an             About	the	course
intermediate qualification in Plastering.         You will cover the following units:
                                                  � Establishing the operational area




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          i
                         Construction
                         Skills
  9 out of 10            � Progressing operations
                         � Organising resources
  Construction
                         � Prepare for complex fibrous work
  students would         � Install complex fibrous work
  recommend their        � Set out complex shapes
  course to a friend.    � Phase test
  Learner Satisfaction   This course is workshop and classroom
  Survey 2008
                         based.

                             Plastering	–	Solid	Work	
                             Advanced	Construction	Award	       L3
                             Course Code:   0282
                             Duration:      1 Year
                             Location:      Dacorum campus
                             Entry:         Successful completion of the
                                            Intermediate Construction
                                            Award – Plastering Route.

                         About	the	course
                         You will cover the following units:
                         � Assist in establishing the operational area
                         � Assist with progressing operations
                         � Assist with organising resources
                         � Complex external plastering
                         � Complex in-situ moulding
                         � Phase test

                         This course is workshop and classroom
                         based.


                             PLuMBING

                             Plumbing	–	C&G	6217-01		
                             Level	1	Construction	Diploma     L1
                             Course Code: 0249
  2010	–	a	ne                Duration:    1 Year
                w	
  decade,	a	n                Location:    Construction and
               ew	                        Engineering Centre
  building.
 Watch	the	n                 Entry:       2 GCSEs (E–G) including
                ew	                       English and maths,
 campus	go
              	up	–	                      Certificate in Skills for
 check	out	o
               ur	                        Working Life and a range
webcam	fo                                 of relevant assessments at
            r	the	
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            e	at	www.
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             c.uk
                         The course will enable you to gain a Level 1
                         qualification in Basic Construction Plumbing
                         Skills. There are eight practical tests and a
                         multiple-choice Health and Safety test.




     60                                             Zero tolerance of discrimination, bullying and harassment – see page 120
                         “I’ve always had an interest in getting my hands
                         dirty and hope to make a career of it. People say
                         that plastering looks easy but it’s quite a difficult
                         skill to learn – we just make it look easy!”
                         Sam Reynolds – Plastering




                         You will cover the following units:               � Effective working relationships
                         � Transferring levels in plumbing
                                                                           � Practical unit
                         � Non-manipulative compression fittings           This course is workshop and classroom
                         � Copper pipe bending and jointing                based.
                         � Working with steel pipe work and fittings
                         � Connecting plastic fittings to a utility sink   Further	study
                         � Connecting plastic fittings to a cold water     After successful completion of the course
                           cistern and central heating header tank         you will be able to continue studies on the
                         � Connection of flex to common apparatus          C&G 6129-33 Technical Certificate Level 3.
                         � Assembling a 13 amp switched socket
                         � Health and Safety

                         This course is workshop and classroom                 BRICkWoRk
                         based.
                                                                               Brickwork	–	Level	1		
                         Further	study                                         Construction	Diploma               L1
                         City and Guilds 6129-22 Certificate in
                         Basic Plumbing Skills Level 2, please note            Course Code:   0241
                         progression to Level 2 is not automatic.              Duration:      1 Year
                                                                               Location:      Dacorum campus
                           Plumbing	–	C&G	6129-22		                            Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) including
                           Level	2	Construction	Diploma	        L2                            maths and English or
                                                                                              Certificate in Skills for
                           Course Code: 0247                                                  Working Life and a range
                           Duration:    1 Year                                                of relevant assessments
                           Location:    Construction and                                      at interview.
                                        Engineering Centre
                                                                           About	the	course
                           Entry:       3 GCSEs (A*-D) including
                                        maths, English and science         This course will allow you to gain a foundation
                                        and a range of relevant            qualification in brickwork.
                                        assessments at interview.          You will cover the following units:
                                                                           � Handle and store resources
                         About the course                                  � Contribute to work relationships
                                                                           � Contribute to providing working platforms
                         The course will allow you to gain a Level 2
                                                                           � Prepare materials for use
                         qualification in Plumbing. You will cover the
                                                                           � Prepare components for use
                         following units:
                                                                           � Use components and materials
                         � Safety
                                                                           This course is workshop and classroom
                         � Key principles
                                                                           based.
                         � Common plumbing processes
                         � Cold water systems                              Further	study
                         � Hot water systems
                         � About ground drainage
                                                                           After successful completion of your course
                         � Central heating systems
                                                                           you will be able to continue your studies
                         � Electrical supply
                                                                           on an Intermediate Construction Award –
                         � Sheet lead weatherings
                                                                           Brickwork Level 2.
                         � Environmental awareness




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                              Construction Skills
                               Brickwork	–	Level	2		                           About	the	course
Dizzy heights                  Construction	Diploma                L2          You will cover the following units:
for Construction
                               Course Code:   0254                             � Establishing the operational area
students                                                                       � Progressing operations
                               Duration:      1 Year
                                                                               � Organising resources
                               Location:      Dacorum campus                   � Co-ordinate yourself and others to
                               Entry:         Successful completion of           re-erect complex brick and block work
                                              Foundation Construction          � Co-ordinate yourself and others
                                              Award, 3 GCSEs (A*-D)              to produce walling details
                                              and a range of relevant          � Co-ordinate and produce complex
                                              assessments at interview.          construction aids
                                              Applicants must have             � Phase test
                                              previous brickwork               This course is workshop and classroom
Construction students                         experience.                      based.
from West Herts College
experienced life on a         About	the	course
building site from on                                                            CARPENTRY
high, when they were          The course will allow you to gain an
given the opportunity to      intermediate qualification in brickwork.           Carpentry	–	Level	1		
visit the Kodak Tower         You will cover the following units:                Construction	Diploma                 L1
development in Hemel          � Store materials and equipment
Hempstead.                                                                       Course Code: 0281
                              � Set out basic buildings
The visit wasn’t              � Erect and dismantle basic working
                                                                                 Duration:    1 Year
completely catch-free,           platforms                                       Location:    Dacorum campus
however – in order to         � Construct walling detail                         Entry:       2 GCSEs (E–G) including
enjoy the bird’s eye          � Work efficiently                                              maths and English,
view from the top of the      � Brick and block walling                                       Certificate in Skills for
tower the students had        � Signalling                                                    Working Life plus a range
to climb no fewer than        This course is workshop and classroom                           of relevant assessments
36 flights of stairs to the   based.                                                          at interview.
18th floor.
But the climb proved          Further	study                                    About	the	course
worthwhile, as the            After successful completion of the course        This course will allow you to gain a
students had the              you will be able to continue your studies        foundation qualification in carpentry and
opportunity to speak          on an Advanced Construction Award –              joinery.
with the building             Brickwork Level 3.
contractors on site                                                            You will cover the following units:
about their roles and the      Brickwork	–	 Advanced		                         � Handle and store resources
development itself.            Construction	Award                              � Contribute to work relationships
Michelle Harris, sales                                             L3          � Contribute to providing working platforms
and marketing director         Course Code:   0284                             � Preparation and use of power tools
for site developers                                                            � Maintenance and use of wood working
                               Duration:      1 Year
Dandara, said: “We are                                                            hand tools
always keen to employ          Location:      Dacorum campus                   � Basic wood jointing techniques
local tradesmen and to         Entry:         Successful completion of
welcome construction                          the Intermediate                 Further	study
students to our                               Construction Award –             Following successful completion of this
developments, so they                         Brickwork.                       course you will be able to progress your
can get a feel for the                                                         studies on the Intermediate Construction
work involved and an                                                           Award in Carpentry.You can also find
idea of what they may                                                          employment in an assistant position in a
like to do in the future.”                                                     carpentry or construction environment.




      62                                                    It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re going – see page 120
 Construction Skills




“There’s always a great atmosphere in the workshop, everyone has
 a good sense of humour and we’re all supportive of each other.”
Edwina Tyler – Carpentry and Joinery



                                                                                                      Don’t
                                                   and joinery. You will cover the following units:
   Carpentry	–	Level	2		                           � Store materials and equipment
   Construction	Diploma               L2
                                                                                                      forget
                                                   � Build and dismantle basic working
                                                     platforms
   Course Code:   0293
                                                   � Work efficiently
   Duration:      1 Year                           � Use portable power tools                         Visit us at our
   Location:      Dacorum campus                   � Produce setting out details
                                                   � Mark out joinery
                                                                                                      open events:
   Entry:         Successful completion
                                                   � Produce joinery products
                  of the Foundation                                                                   9.30am	–	12.30pm
                  Construction Award, or 3         Further	study
                  GCSEs (A*-D) plus a range
                                                   Following successful completion of
                                                                                                      Saturday
                  of relevant assessments
                  at interview. You must           this course you will be able to progress           8 Nov 2008
                  have previous carpentry          your studies on an advanced carpentry
                                                   programme.                                         Saturday
                  experience.
                                                   You can also find employment in an                 28 Feb 2009
 About	the	course                                  assistant position in a carpentry or
                                                   construction environment.
 This course will allow you to gain an
 intermediate qualification in carpentry




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                                                                         Did you know…
                                                                         � More than 65 million new cars were
                                                                           made worldwide in 2006
                                                                         � 25% of men talk to their cars; 12%
                                                                           give them names
                                                                         Source: The Indypedia –
                                                                         facts and figures of modern life




Engineering Skills
In recent years the rate of change of technology has increased rapidly.
This means that people with modern engineering skills are now in more
demand than ever, in many areas of commerce and industry.


At West Herts College we are responding to this demand by offering a
range of courses, both academic and vocational, to deliver these sought
after skills and qualifications.

Our Construction and Engineering Centre offers our best-ever range
of facilities for training in motor vehicle engineering and electrical
installation – with modern workshops and the latest technology.
Engineering Skills
  ELECTRICAL	INSTALLATIoN
                                                  Further	study                                     “The facilities at
                                                  City & Guilds 2330 Level 3 Electrical             the Construction
  Electrical	Installation	–	      	               Installation, NVQ in Electrical Installation      and Engineering
  Performing	Engineering		            L1          part time.
                                                                                                    Centre are
  operations
                                                  Possible	careers                                  great – it’s like
  Course Code: 9997                               All areas of electrical installation, including   working in a
  Duration:    1 year                             alarms, maintenance, heating and ventilation.     proper workshop.
  Location:    Construction and                                                                     I’ve always loved
               Engineering Centre and               MoToR	vEHICLE                                   working with cars
               Dacorum campus
                                                                                                    and would really
  Entry:       2 GCSEs (E–G) including              Motor	vehicle	Care	and		
               maths and science or                 Maintenance	–	Certificate	in		      E3          love to make a
               Certificate in Skills for            Skills	for	Working	Life                         career of it.”
               Working Life, plus a colour                                                          Imran Khan – IMI Pre-
               blindness test and a range           Course Code: 8096                               Apprenticeship
               of relevant assessments              Duration:    1 Year
               at interview.                        Location:    Construction and
                                                                 Engineering Centre
About	the	course                                    Entry:       Entry Level 2 in literacy
This qualification provides a grounding for                      and numeracy and a range
people looking to progress into a practical                      of relevant assessments
work environment in the construction                             at interview.
industry. Please note that this is not an
automatic progression route to the Level 2        About	the	course
qualification.
                                                  You will study two specialist units relating to
Further	study                                     Motor Vehicle Care and Maintenance, plus
C&G 2330 Electrical Installation Level 2.         four supporting units including literacy and
                                                  numeracy. You will work in small groups and
                                                  be supported by a learning adviser.
  Electrical	Installation	–	     	                Please note this course is not an automatic
  C&G	2330	Electrical	Installation     L2         progression route to the next level.
  Course Code: 8916                               Further	study
  Duration:    1 Year                             At Level 1, additional courses or employment.
  Location:    Construction and
               Engineering Centre
  Entry:       3 GCSEs (A*-D) including
               English, maths and science,
               colour blindness test
               and a range of relevant
               assessments
               at interview.

About	the	course
The course includes:
� Electrical installation theory/technology
� Practical installation competencies
� Basic electronics

All work is carried out in fully equipped
site-simulated conditions. Work experience
will also be supported.
As well as the Electrical Installation
Certificate it is possible to gain additional
related qualifications including Key Skills.



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Engineering Skills


                                                                                                             i
                                                    IMI	(Institute	of	the	Motor	Industry)	   	
                                                    Certificate

                                                    Course Code: 8813               L2
                                                    Duration:    1 Year
                                                    Location:    Construction and
                                                                 Engineering Centre
                                                    Entry:       Successful completion               9 out of 10
                                                                 of the Level 1 IMI                  Engineering
                                                                 Pre-apprenticeship Award            students would
                                                                 or equivalent and a range           recommend their
                                                                 of relevant assessments
                                                                 at interview.                       course to a friend.
                                                                                                     Learner Satisfaction
                                                                                                     Survey 2008
                                                  About	the	course
                                                  Successful IMI Award Level 1 students, or
                                                  students with appropriate motor vehicle
                                                  experience, can progress on to our one year
  IMI	(Institute	of	the	Motor	Industry)	   	      Level 2 course, which includes more complex
  Pre-Apprenticeship	Award                        diagnosis and repair work. This qualification
                                                  fulfils the theoretical requirement of the
  Course Code: 8815
                                     L1           Apprenticeship.
  Duration:    1 Year                             Please note this course is not an automatic
                                                  progression route to the next level.
  Location:    Construction and
               Engineering Centre
                                                    Motor	vehicle	Engineering	–		
  Entry:       2 GCSEs (E–G) including
               maths and science or
                                                    National	Diploma                   L3
               Certificate in Skills for            Course Code: 8918
               Working Life, and a range
               of relevant assessments at           Duration:    2 years
               interview.                           Location:    Construction and
                                                                 Engineering Centre
About	the	course                                    Entry:       4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
This course includes practical and theory                        science, maths and English
work in:                                                         and a range of relevant
                                                                 assessments at interview.
� Diagnosis
� Servicing
� Repair                                          About	the	course
Work experience will also be supported.           This is a two year full time course covering a
Additional qualifications will be offered in      number of related disciplines including:
Key Skills (Communications, Application of        � Science
                                                                                                      New	Diploma	
Number and Information Technology).               � Mathematics
                                                  � Electrical/Electronics
                                                                                                     Did	you	know		
Please note that this is not an automatic                                                            you	can	now	do		
progression route to the next level.              � Vehicle technology and diagnostics
                                                  � Engineering applications or computers            an	Engineering	
Further	study                                        all related to motor vehicle engineering        Diploma?
Continuation for 2 years’ day release to             technology                                      See	page	8
NVQ Level 2/3 in Vehicle Mechanical and           The course is designed to provide a route
Electronic Systems or one more year full time     to supervisory management or university
to complete an IMI Certificate Level 2.           where many successful graduates go on to
                                                  work for Formula One race teams.
Possible	careers
Motor vehicle technician, service receptionist,   Further	study
manager.                                          IMI Supervisory Certificate, BTEC HNC/HND/
                                                  Foundation Degree, entry to university.




66                                                                      West Herts College values diversity – see page 120
Forensic Science
Forensic Science is a vast and expanding industry. Employment in
this sector has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last ten
years, largely due to advances in technology such as the National
DNA Database, and an increased reliance on forensic techniques
by the police for minor crimes.




                                 Did you know…
                                 � Fingerprints have been used for
                                   more than 100 years to prove
                                   whether someone was at a
                                   crime scene.

                                 �   Now Forensic Scentists use DNA
                                     testing or genetic fingerprinting
                                     to prove or disprove a suspect’s
                                     connection with a crime.




                                     Our interest in crime, mystery,
                                     investigation and human nature
                                     has never been greater. If you see
                                     yourself as the next CSI then this
                                     course could be what you need to
                                     start you on your career.
Forensic Science

  Forensic	Science	–		                               You will study a range of core units varying from
  National	Diploma			                  L3            scientific principals to laboratory organisations,
                                                     as well as criminology. You have the opportunity
  Course Code: 0268                                  to further specialise in your pathway through a
  Duration:     2 Years                              range of optional units including forensic
                                                     photography, forensic psychology, genetics,
  Location:     Cassio campus
                                                     genetic engineering and criminal investigation
  Entry:        4 GCSEs (A*–C) including             procedures and many more.
                English, maths and double
                Science, BTEC First Diploma          Further	study
                Merit or equivalent plus a           On successful completion of your course you
                range of relevant assessments        could progress to a BA / BSc honours degree
                at interview.                        in Forensic Science or related area.

About	the	course                                     Possible	career
This exciting new course is for people who wish      You will have the skills to join a variety of
to enter the world of forensic science, whether as   employment opportunities in the science and
a laboratory analyst, medical tester, researcher     forensic world including quality control, medical
or forensic investigator.                            laboratory assistants and other technical work.




68                                           At West Herts College, disability will not stop you from succeeding – see page 120
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
Ofsted rate our hair and beauty courses as outstanding. Students
from across the region study with us and our newest facilities
rival anything on the high street.
The Academy hair salon is state of the art, and like our beauty
salons it is open to the public, so you will also gain experience in
customer care.


                                                           Maybe you are looking for a career in
                                                           hairdressing, to be part of the fast moving
                                                           fashion world or perhaps your ambition
                                                           is to become a beauty therapist. In either
                                                           case, you will need to study the theory of
                                                           treatments and develop the practical skills
                                                           to apply them safely – and our range of
                                                           courses is designed to help you do just that.




Did you know…
� Women in the UK spend about £6bn a
  year on beauty products
� Men spend £1.3bn a year on beauty
  products
Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  HAIRDRESSING
                                                 �   Contribute to the development of effective     “I really enjoy
                                                     working relationships                          College - the
                                                 �   Support health and safety in the salon
  Hairdressing	–	        	                           Contribute to perm and colour process          tutors treat you
  Certificate	in	Salon	Services        E3        �
                                                                                                    like an adult
                                                 Further	study
  Course Code:   8097                                                                               and I like doing
                                                 NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing.
  Duration:      1 Year                 L1                                                          a course that I
  Location:      Cassio campus                   Possible	careers                                   really want to
  Entry:         Entry Level 2 in literacy and   Working as a junior in a salon.                    learn. The course
                 numeracy and a range of                                                            is interesting
                 relevant assessments at             Hairdressing	–		                               and relevant
                 interview.                          City	&	Guilds	NvQ	Level	2          L2          and I enjoy the
About	the	course                                     Course Code:   2306                            practical side.”
This is an introductory course in                    Duration:      1 Year                          Rebecca Wilcox – City &
                                                                                                    Guilds NVQ in Hairdressing
hairdressing, equivalent to Entry Level 3.           Location:      Cassio campus
You will study two specialist units relating         Entry:         NVQ Level 1 Hairdressing
to Hairdressing, plus four supporting units                         or equivalent and a range
including literacy and numeracy.                                    of relevant assessments at
� Finding out about customer service                                interview.
� Basic salon reception duties
� Personal presentation                          About	the	course
� Following health and safety practice
� Introduction to hairdressing services
                                                 As with NVQ Level 1, Key Skills, educational
� Introduction to basic perming and
                                                 visits, competitions and one week’s work
   colouring                                     experience are included in this integrated
� Industry and occupation awareness
                                                 programme, plus the following units:
                                                 � Advise and consult with clients
Further	study                                    � Shampoo and condition hair and scalp
                                                 � Salon reception duties
NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing.
                                                 � Health and safety

Possible	careers                                 � Drying and setting techniques
                                                 � Cut hair using basic techniques
Working as a junior in a salon.                  � Perm, relax and neutralise hair


  Hairdressing	–		                               Possible	careers
  City	&	Guilds	NvQ	Level	1          L1          Junior stylist, work in television, on cruise
                                                 ships, as a photographic session stylist.
  Course Code:   0670
  Duration:      1 Year                              Combined	Hairdressing		
  Location:      Cassio campus                       and	Beauty	Therapy	                 L2
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) or Certificate
                                                     (VTCT NVQ Level 2 – Beauty Therapy, plus
                 in Salon Services and a
                                                     City & Guilds NVQ Level 1 – Hairdressing)
                 range of relevant
                 assessments at interview.           Course Code: 0684
                                                     Duration:     1 Year
About	the	course                                     Location:     Cassio campus
This integrated programme gives a broad              Entry:        3 GCSEs (A*-D) preferably in
introduction to hairdressing and develops                          English, maths and science
the practical skills required by industry.                         and a range of relevant
Educational visits will include Salon                              assessments at interview.
International and college competitions.
Students are taught in working salons in
                                                 About	the	course
college, which are open to the public.
                                                 This course includes an integrated
The course covers:
                                                 programme studying both an NVQ Level 1 in
� Shampoo, condition and dry hair                hairdressing and an NVQ Level 2 in beauty
� Contribute to salon reception duties           therapy, developing the practical skills


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                                                                                                    Don’t
                                                                                                    forget
                                                                                                    Come and see our
                                                                                                    exellent facilities
                                                                                                    at Cassio campus
                                                                                                    open evenings:

                                                                                                    6:00	pm	–	8.30pm
                                                                                                    Monday
                                                                                                    17 Nov 2008
                                                                                                    Monday
                                                                                                    9 March 2009

required by both industries. This is a highly    �   Prepare and maintain the beauty therapy
demanding course and needs the student               work area
to be self-disciplined with excellent time       �   Assist with facial treatments
management skills and stamina in order to        �   Assist with nail treatments on the hands
meet their goal. Practical sessions occur in
commercially working salons and clinics in       Further	study
college. Educational visits and competitions     NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy.
are normally part of the curriculum. Key
Skills are an integral part of the course.       Possible	careers
                                                 Working as a receptionist in a salon or beauty
Further	study                                    sales consultant.
NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy or NVQ 2
Hairdressing.                                        Beauty	Therapy	–	vTCT	NvQ	Level	2	
Possible	careers
                                                     Course Code:   2309
Therapist in a salon (Level 2 work only),                                                L2
                                                     Duration:      1 Year
consultant on cosmetic counter or working as
a junior in a salon.                                 Location:      Cassio campus
                                                     Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) preferably in
                                                                    English, maths and science
  BEAuTY	THERAPY                                                    and a range of relevant
                                                                    assessments at interview.
  Beauty	Therapy	–	vTCT	NvQ	Level	1	

  Course Code:   2588                            About	the	course
  Duration:      1 Year
                                     L1          As with NVQ Level 1, Key Skills, educational
                                                 visits and college competitions are included
  Location:      Cassio campus                   in this integrated programme, plus the
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) or Certificate    following:
                 in Salon Services and           � Skin diagnostics
                 a range of relevant             � Facials
                 assessments at interview.       � Manicure                                         New	Diploma	
                                                 � Pedicure
About	the	course                                                                                   Did	you	know		
                                                 � Depilatory treatments
                                                 � Make-up
                                                                                                   you	can	now	do		
This is an introductory course to the beauty
industry and develops basic practical skills     � Lash and brow treatments                        a	Hair	and		
required by industry. Educational visits         Students are taught in working salons in          Beauty	Diploma?
will include the National Beauty Exhibition.     College, which are open to the public.            See	page	8
Students are taught in working salons in         Further study
College, which are open to the public. Key
Skills are an integral part of the course. The   NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy.
course covers:
                                                 Possible	careers
� Health and safety in the salon environment
                                                 Therapist in a salon (Level 2 work only),
� Assist with reception duties
                                                 consultant on cosmetic counter.



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                                                                                                             i
                                                (in Year 2), plus educational visits and
 Beauty	Therapy	–		                             competition work.
 vTCT	NvQ	Level	3	                   L3
                                                Further	study
 Course Code:   4181                            Degree, HND or HNC study in a health related
 Duration:      1 Year                          or complementary therapies discipline,
 Location:      Cassio campus                   part-time alternative therapy courses, e.g.
                                                reflexology.
 Entry:         NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy                                                           Hair and Beauty
                or equivalent and a range       Possible	careers                                     at West Herts
                of relevant assessments at      Beauty therapist in a salon, health club,            College scores
                interview.                      health resort or cruise ship, demonstrator,          top marks from
                                                sales representative, equipment/product              Ofsted – achieving
About	the	course                                trainer or junior/trainee management post in         an ‘Outstanding’
The course includes:                            a salon or product manufacturing company.            Grade One and
� Body diagnostics and massage                                                                       making our Hair
� Body electrical treatments                      Advanced	Practice	in	Beauty		                      Academy one
� Facial electrical treatments                    Therapy	-	Foundation	Degree	                       of the best in
� Aromatherapy massage                                                                               the country.
� Indian head massage                             Duration:      2 Years
� Camouflage make-up                              Location:      Cassio campus
� Electrical epilation
                                                  Entry:         60 points (including one
� Supervisory management
                                                                 GCE A Level or equivalent)
Educational visits and one week work                             plus GCSE English and
placement is available. Key Skills are an                        mathematics at grade C
integral part of the course. Students are                        or above.
taught in commercially working clinics in
College.
                                                  Apply via UCAS:
Possible	careers                                  UCAS code: B391 FdSc/APBT
Beauty therapist in a salon/health resort/        Institution code: Herts H36
health club/cruise ship, demonstrator, sales      campus code: W
representative, equipment and product
trainer.                                        About	the	Course	
                                                This course has been developed with
 Beauty	Therapy	Sciences	–		                    employers to widen your practical skills and
 National	Diploma	                   L3         academic knowledge of the beauty industry.
                                                You will gain a greater understanding of the
 Course Code:   0680                            science behind the treatments and products
 Duration:      2 Years                         you recommend. Learn how to maximise
 Location:      Cassio campus                   revenue from on-selling and cross-selling
                                                products and develop excellent customer
 Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
                                                service skills. This is an exciting new course
                English, maths and science
                                                for anyone wishing to develop their beauty
                or BTEC First Diploma or
                                                therapy studies beyond Level 3.
                GNVQ Intermediate in a
                science related subject.        The course consists of a mixture of
                Plus a range of relevant        classrooms based lessons, work-based
                assessments at interview.       learning and practical lessons in the beauty
                                                salons.
About	the	course                                Further	Study	
The course covers all aspects of beauty         When you have successfully completed your
therapy with a strong science and               Foundation degree you can continue your
management emphasis. It includes facial         studies on a BA or BSc (Hons) programme.
and body work and electrolysis. Students        Alternatively you will be qualified to work
are taught in commercially working clinics      within the beauty therapy industry.
in college. There will be work experience




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Hospitality and Catering
Hospitality and Catering students at West Herts College benefit from learning
in a real-life working environment. We have a fully functioning commercial
restaurant on campus and the teaching in our training kitchens focuses on
the skills expected by catering employers. Students who successfully complete
their course are virtually guaranteed a position in this booming industry,
at home or abroad.


We can offer something for all ambitions        Did you know…
and abilities – so if you want a career in      �  Britons buy 12 million cups of
front of house or accommodation                    coffee in cafés every day
supervision, as a bar or food service person,   �  The number of cook books owned
a restaurant or food and beverage manager          in Britain is 171 million
or as a hospitality manager, then check out
                                                Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life
our menu of courses.
Hospitality and Catering

  CATERING

  Developing	Food	Preparation		
  and	Service	Skills	–	Certificate		    E3
  in	Skills	for	Working	Life	

  Course Code:    8094
  Duration:       1 Year
  Location:       Cassio campus
  Entry:          Entry Level 2 in literacy
                  and numeracy and a range
                  of relevant assessments
                  at interview.

About	the	course
You will study specialist units relating to
Hospitality and Catering, including food
preparation plus four supporting units
including literacy and numeracy.
Further	information
You will work in small groups and be
supported by a learning adviser.
Further	study
At Level 1, additional courses or employment.



  Catering	Certificate	–		
  NvQ	Level	1	Food	Production		        L1
  and	Food	Service

  Course Code:    0399
  Duration:       1 Year
  Location:       Cassio campus
  Entry:          2 GCSEs (E–G) or equivalent,
                  or Certificate in Skills for
                  Working Life and a range
                  of relevant assessments at
                  interview.

About	the	course
This highly practical course will enable you to
gain the basic professional skills required by
the hospitality industry. You will study:
� Food preparation and cooking
� Food and drink service
� Food hygiene and safety

Plus Key Skills as appropriate and industry
recognised safety, health and hygiene




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Hospitality and Catering

                         “On this course we get to spend time in the kitchens
                         preparing different recipes each week, as well as
                         spending some time serving in the restaurant.”
                         Stephanie Austin – Certificate in Catering


                         qualifications. You will be taught in our         Level 1 Food and Drink Service. You will
                         production kitchens and experience a working      be taught in our production kitchens and
                         environment in our commercial restaurant,         experience a working environment in our
                         Cassio’s.                                         commercial restaurant Cassio’s.
                         Further	study                                     Further	study
                         Diploma in Catering, City & Guilds NVQ            Diploma in Catering, City & Guilds NVQ Level
                         Level 2.                                          2 or Diploma in Professional Cookery.

                           Diploma	in	Introduction	to		                     Diploma	in	Professional		
                           Professional	Cookery                L1           Cookery                           L2
                           Course Code:   0398                              Course Code:   0388
                           Duration:      1 Year                            Duration:      1 Year
                           Location:      Cassio campus                     Location:      Cassio campus
                           Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G), Certificate        Entry:         Diploma in Introductory
                                          in Skills for Working Life                       to Professional Cookery
                                          and a range of relevant                          or NVQ Level 1 Catering
                                          assessments at interview.                        Certificate or 3 GCSEs
                                                                                           (A*-D) plus a range of
                         About	the	course                                                  assessments at interview.
                         This course enables you to study a range of
                         subjects including food safety, culinary skills   About	the	course
                         and health and safety and you will be covering    This course is a progression from the
                         the following units:                              Diploma in Introduction to Professional
                         � Introduction to the hospitality and catering
                                                                           Cookery and will enable you to expand and
                            industry                                       develop the skills that you have already
                         � Food safety and catering
                                                                           acquired.
                         � Health and safety awareness                     You will study the following units:
                         � Introduction to healthier foods
                                                                           � Investigate the hospitality and catering
                            and special diets                                industry
                         � Introduction to kitchen equipment
                                                                           � Food safety
                         � Introduction to personal workplace skills
                                                                           � Health and safety in hospitality
                         � Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching
                                                                           � Healthier foods and special diets
                            and steaming                                   � Kitchen operations, costs and menu
                         � Prepare and cook food by baking, roasting
                                                                             planning
                            and grilling                                   � Applied workplace skills
                         � Prepare and cook food by deep frying and
                                                                           � Prepare and cook:
                            shallow frying                                   – Soups and sauces
                         � Regeneration and pre-prepared food
                                                                             – Fruit and vegetables
                         � Cold food preparation
                                                                             – Poultry
                         In addition you will study Key Skills and NVQ       – Meat and offal




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“I’ve always liked cooking so this was the ideal course for me. We get to spend time in the
kitchens at least twice a week and I really enjoy preparing the food, especially international
cuisine. Eventually I’d like to run my own kitchen and just carry on cooking!”
James McKelvey – NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Catering



     – Fish and shellfish                            Catering	Diploma	NvQ	Level	2	–	          	
     – Rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes            Professional	Cookery	and		         L2
     – Desserts and puddings                         Food	Service
     – Bakery products
                                                     Course Code:   0394
                                                     Duration:      1 Year
You will also have the opportunity to study for
the NVQ level 2 in food and drink service and        Location:      Cassio campus
key skills.                                          Entry:         Successful completion
                                                                    of NVQ Level 1 Catering
Further	Study:                                                      Certificate or Diploma in
Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery,                           Introduction in Professional
NVQ level 3 in Professional Cookery or BTEC                         Cookery, and a range of
National Diploma in Hospitality                                     relevant assessments
                                                                    at interview.
Possible	Careers:
Employment in the hospitality industry in the      About	the	course
food and beverage department either as a
commis chef, waiter or waitress.                   This course is a progression from Level 1.
                                                   You will be able to develop and expand the
                                                   skills that you have acquired in order to equip
                                                   you for a career in the hospitality industry.




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Hospitality and Catering


                                                                                                              i
You will study:                                  and professional cookery, plus Key Skills and
� Kitchen, larder and pastry practical
                                                 an industrial placement.
  classes                                        Previous placements have been undertaken
� Restaurant and bar service                     at the Savoy Hotel, the Lanesborough
Plus Key Skills as appropriate.                  Hotel, Grove Hotel and Gordon Ramsay
                                                 Restaurants.
Further	study
                                                 Further	study
Advanced Chefs’ Diploma NVQ Level 3 or NVQ                                                           97% of Hospitality
Level 3 in Supervisory Management.               Degree/Foundation Degree in a related
                                                 subject.                                            and Catering
Possible	careers                                                                                     students agree
                                                 Possible	careers	                                   that their tutor
Employment in the hotel or restaurant                                                                supports them to
industry in the food and beverage section as     Senior commis chef in hotel, restaurant or
commis chef, waiter/ess or bar person.           contract catering kitchen with the likelihood       achieve to their
                                                 of rapid promotion.                                 full potential.
                                                 	                                                   Learner Satisfaction
  Advanced	Chefs’	Diploma	–	      	                                                                  Survey 2008
                                                 	 HoSPITALITY	
  NvQ	Level	3                         L3
  Course Code:   2363                               First	Diploma	in		
  Duration:      1 Year                             Hospitality                        L2
  Location:      Cassio campus                      Course Code:   0392
  Entry:         Successful completion of           Duration:      1 Year
                 NVQ Level 2 or equivalent,
                                                    Location:      Cassio campus
                 plus a range of relevant
                 assessments at interview.          Entry:         3 GCSEs (minimum
                                                                   grade D) plus a range of
                                                                   assessments at interview.
About	the	course
This prestigious course is for those
                                                 About	the	course	
students who are aiming for the top
in the kitchen. Students have the                This course is designed for people who
opportunity to devise their own signature        want a career where they are at the
dishes and take part in competitions. You will   front of the action within the hospitality
study kitchen and larder practice and theory     industry, for example in hotel reception,




                                                                         Students provide food
                                                                         for thought
                                                                         Catering students from West Herts College
                                                                         put their skills to good use by preparing
                                                                         a range of culinary delights for a literacy
                                                                         event at Watford Central Library.
                                                                         The young people, who are studying at
                                                                         the College’s Food Academy, spent a day
                                                                         preparing a range of canapés from around
                                                                         the world, to reflect the cultural diversity of
                                                                         the town as a whole.
                                                                         Held as part of Adult Learners Week, the
                                                                         BBC RaW event focussed on how reading
                                                                         can change lives. It was organised by BBC
                                                                         Three Counties Radio, Watford Learning
                                                                         Partnership, Hertfordshire Library Service
                                                                         and West Herts College.




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Hospitality and Catering

customer relations or event planning            Further	Study
and co-ordination. You will enjoy               Employment within the hospitality industry,
working with people and demonstrating your      BTEC National Certificate in Hospitality,
customer service skills.                        BTEC National Certificate in Travel and                 New	Diplom
On this programme you will study a              Tourism                                                              a
                                                                                                        Did	you	kno
range of units to prepare you for your                                                                              w	
                                                                                                       you	can	now
customer-focused role within the                                                                                    	do
                                                  Hospitality	Supervision	–		                          a	Hospitality 	
industry, these include:                          National	Certificate                  L3             Diploma?
                                                                                                                    	
� Exploring the hospitality industry
� Customer relations in hospitality               Course Code:   0396                                  See	page	8
� Safety in hospitality                           Duration:      2 Years
� Planning and running a hospitality event
                                                  Location:      Cassio campus
� Accommodation and front office
   operations                                     Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C),
� Developing employability skills for                            BTEC First Diploma or
   hospitality and related industries.                           equivalent, plus a range
                                                                 of relevant assessments
In addition you will study a customer service
                                                                 at interview.
qualification and key skills.
                                                About	the	course
                                                The broad curriculum enables students to
                                                study the subjects and skills required for a
                                                successful career in the industry. It includes:
                                                � The hospitality industry
                                                � Introduction to contemporary cuisine
                                                � Customer care
                                                � Food and beverage service
                                                � Principles of healthy eating
                                                � Hospitality business operations
                                                � Understanding large-scale events
                                                � Health, safety and security
                                                � European cuisine
                                                � Front office operations
                                                � Accommodation operations
                                                � Team leadership and supervision

                                                Plus Key Skills in Communications,
                                                Application of Number and Information
                                                Technology (as appropriate). Work placement
                                                is integral to the course. It is also possible to
                                                gain NVQ qualifications in Food Preparation
                                                and Service, the Institution of Environmental
                                                Health Officers Health and Safety Certificate
                                                and the Royal Institute of Public Health and
                                                Hygiene Certificate.
                                                Further	study
                                                Degree/Foundation Degree in Hospitality
                                                Management or Business.
                                                Possible	careers
                                                Trainee management position in a variety of
                                                hospitality roles such as food and beverage,
                                                front of house, accommodation services or
                                                conference and events management.




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Did you know …
� The number of PCs in use worldwide
  is 600 million
� The estimated number of PCs in use
  by 2010 will be 1.3 billion
� A new computer virus is detected
  every 18 seconds
Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life




                                                           Information Technology
                                                           Computing and Information Technology
                                                           shape our lives. Would you like a career that
                                                           harnesses this power?
                                                           Our courses offer opportunities at all levels –
                                                           whether you’ve got a career in mind straight
                                                           after college or are considering further study
                                                           at university.


                                                           Our combination of experienced tutors and
                                                           modern equipment means you’ll have the
                                                           skills you require today and the insight you’ll
                                                           need for tomorrow – the IT industry innovates
                                                           quicker than any other. If you want to be part
                                                           of this fast-paced world, give us a call.
Information Technology
                                                                                                       “I’ve always
                                                                                                       had an interest
                                                                                                       in computers
                                                                                                       so this course
                                                                                                       came naturally
                                                                                                       to me. At
                                                                                                       College it’s up to
                                                                                                       you to knuckle
                                                                                                       down and make
                                                                                                       something of
                                                                                                       yourself – you’re
                                                                                                       treated like an
                                                                                                       adult and are
                                                                                                       given a lot of
                                                                                                       independence.”
                                                                                                       Ross McCabe – BTEC
                                                                                                       National Award for IT
                                                                                                       Practitioners




  IT	@	Work	–	Introductory	Diploma	               �   Social responsibility at work
                                                      Digital devices
  Course Code:   8751
                                       L1         �

                                                  Further	study
  Duration:      1 Year
                                                  First Diploma for IT Practitioners.
  Location:      Cassio campus
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) or Certificate     Possible	careers
                 in Skills for Working Life,      PC support, using MS Office software,
                 and a range of relevant          hardware support.
                 assessments at interview.
                                                      ICT	Practitioners	–	First	Diploma		
About	the	course
                                                      Course Code: 8752
                                                                                            L2
This one year course is designed to
encourage you to develop the personal skills          Duration:    1 Year
and the technical knowledge needed for work           Location:    Cassio and Dacorum
in the computing industry.                                         campus
The programme of study is practical and               Entry:       3 GCSEs (A*-D) including
hands-on, covering the subjects related to                         English, maths or
industry and the world of work. The course                         Introductory Diploma at
will act as a lead into the First Diploma                          merit grade and a range
course, for students who wish to advance                           of relevant assessments
their subject knowledge. The course covers                         at interview.
a wide range of IT skills including a selection
from below:
                                                  About	the	course
� Starting work in the IT industry
� Working in the IT industry
                                                  This is a one year course that is designed
� Developing skills in IT
                                                  to allow you to study a wide range of IT and
� Personal effectiveness
                                                  computer related subjects. The course will
� Financial management
                                                  provide you with the opportunity to gain the
� PC systems
                                                  knowledge of computer systems, hardware,
� Using the internet
                                                  software and the skills needed to enter into a
� IT applications
                                                  career in the information and communication




80                                                                        West Herts College values diversity – see page 120
                         Information Technology
                         technology industry. The course will also
                         open the door to further studies at BTEC        IT	Practitioners	–	National	Diploma	
                         National level.
                         The course covers a wide range of IT skills
                                                                         Course Code: 8729                 L3
                                                                         Duration:    2 Years
                         based on the following eight modules.
                                                                         Location:    Cassio and Dacorum
                         � Introduction to computer systems
                                                                                      campus
                         � Introduction to database (IVA)
                         � Uses of IT                                    Entry:       4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
                         � Visual programming                                         English and maths
                         � Business applications                                      First Diploma in ICT at
                         � Financial modelling                                        merit grade and a range
                         � Web development                                            of relevant assessments
                         � Information systems                                        at interview.

                         Further	study                                 About	the	course
                         National Diploma for IT Practitioners.        This is a two year course that has been
                                                                       designed to provide you with the knowledge,
                         Possible	careers
                                                                       understanding and skills to enter into a
                         PC maintenance and use in an office           career as an IT practitioner or technician in
                         environment, networking, hardware             the areas of Business Systems, User Support,
                         support, multi-media, web page design, VB     Networking and Software development. The
                         programming.                                  National Diploma will also allow you to gain
                                                                       access to Higher Education such as HND,
                                                                       Foundation or Honours degrees.
                                                                       The course consists of 18 units and covers a
                                                                       wide range of IT skills including the following
                                                                       core modules:
                                                                       � Communication and employability skills for
                                                                         IT
                                                                       � Computer systems
                                                                       � Information systems
                                                                       � Organisational system security
                                                                       � IT technical support
                                                                       � IT systems troubleshooting and repair

                                                                       During the course you will also study a range
                                                                       of additional topics, including;
                                                                       � Advanced database skills
                                                                       � Communication technologies
                                                                       � Developing computer games
                                                                       � Principles of software design and
                                                                          development
                                                                       � Website production and management
                                                                       � Client-side scripting
                                                                       � Digital graphics and computers
                                                                       � Computer animation
                                                                       � E-commerce

                                                                       There may be the opportunity to obtain the
                                                                       CISCO CCNA qualification during this course.
                                                                       Further	study
                                                                       Foundation degree in ICT or Business IT
                                                                       or a degree in computer related subjects.
                                                                       Possible	careers
                                                                       Developing and managing information




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systems and networks in a commercial               About	the	Course	
environment, working in user support,
helpdesk, sales of high tech solutions, web
                                                   The range of modules on this course will
                                                   give you excellent grounding in IT before
                                                                                                        Don’t
page design, hardware and software support.

  Information	Technology	and		
                                                   you specialise in multimedia. You will have
                                                   a work-based project with a local employer           forget
                                                   and study modules such as event-driven
                                                                                                        Visit our open
  Business	-	Foundation	Degree                     programming, multimedia authoring,
                                                   computer-based systems and more.                     evenings at our
  Duration:      2 Years                                                                                Dacorum campus
  Location:      Watford campus                    Further	Study	                                       to find out more
                                                   On successful completion of your Foundation          and apply on
  Entry:         60 points (including one
                                                   degree you can progress to the final year of a       the night.
                 GCE A Level or equivalent)
                 plus GCSE English and             BA or BSC (Hons) programme at university.
                 maths at grade C or above.        You will also be qualified to start working          6.00pm	-	8.30pm
                                                   within the IT and multimedia industry.
                                                                                                        Thursday
  Apply via UCAS:                                    Information	Technology		                           6 Nov 2008
  UCAS code: NGF5 FdSc/ITB                           for	the	Internet	–		
  Institution code: Herts H36                        Foundation	Degree                                  Wednesday
  campus code: W                                                                                        25 Feb 2009
                                                     Duration:      2 Years
About	the	Course	                                    Location:      Watford campus
On this course you will gain the skills that         Entry:         60 points (including one
are directly relevant to the computing and                          GCE A Level or equivalent)
information technology needs of today’s                             plus GCSE English and
businesses. It’s flexible and combines                              maths at grade C or above.
business and IT modules to provide a range
of pathways through to different degree top-
                                                     Apply via UCAS:
ups at university. Apart from technical skills
you will develop a range of lifelong skills and      UCAS code: G422 FdSc/ITI
techniques to help you succeed in the world          Institution code: Herts H36
of work. You may also have the opportunity to        campus code: W
study for the CISCO Networking Certificate.
                                                   About	the	Course	
Further	Study	
                                                   Gain the grounding you need in information
When you successfully complete your                technology before specialising in the internet.
Foundation degree, you can progress to the         You will have a work-based learning project
final year of a BA/BSc (Hons) in a Business        with a local employer and study modules
or computing related field. Alternatively you      such as web technologies, event-driven
will be qualified to start working within the IT   programming and data analysis. Other
industry or in business.                           modules include career planning and
                                                   maximising potential to help you progress in
  Information	Technology	for		                     the world of work or further study.
  Multimedia	-	Foundation	Degree
                                                   Further	Study	
  Duration:      2 Years                           This Foundation degree leads to many                  New	Diplom
  Location:      Watford campus                    exciting BA or BSc (Hons) programmes                               a
                                                                                                         Did	you	kno
  Entry:         60 points (including one          such as Computer Science Networks or                              w		
                                                   Information Technology. You will also be              you	can	now
                 GCE A Level or equivalent)                                                                          	do		
                                                   qualified to enter the world of IT and internet.     an	Informa
                 plus GCSE English and                                                                             tion	
                 maths at grade C or above.                                                             Technology
                                                                                                                   	
                                                                                                        Diploma?
                                                                                                        See	page	8
  Apply via UCAS:
  UCAS code: G451 FdSc/ITMM
  Institution code: Herts H36
  campus code: W




82                                          At West Herts College, disability will not stop you from succeeding – see page 120
      Our superb facilities include four
      fully equipped dance/drama studios,
      analogue and a digital recording studios,
      specialist computer rooms and three
      soundproof band rehearsal rooms.
      If you’ve got the talent and the will
      to succeed, then you’re ready for the
      training to take you to the next level.




Performing arts and Music
There really is no business like show business. But if performing arts and music are
some of the most exciting careers around, they are also among the most competitive.
Our courses are uniquely geared to producing intelligent, motivated, well-qualified
students who can take up positions of responsibility in this exciting field. Whether you
see yourself in front of an audience or behind the scenes, our performing arts and
music courses provide you with a range of options leading to careers as a performer,
manager, technician, sound engineer, producer – and much more besides.




Did you know…
� The world’s highest-paid actress is Reese Witherspoon for
  ‘Our Family Trouble’, 2007, earning $30m
� According to the Society of London Theatres 12,109,904 people
  went to the theatre in London in 2006
Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life
Performing Arts and Music
 PERFoRMING	ARTS                                 Students will study a broad range of
                                                 performing arts including:
 Performing	Arts	–		  	                          � Drama
 Introductory	Diploma               L1           � Dance
                                                 � Music
 Course Code:   8909
                                                 Students will also take Key Skills/Basic Skills
 Duration:      1 Year                           as part of their programme.
 Location:      Watford campus
                                                 Further	study
 Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) or Certificate
                in Skills for Working Life       First Diploma in Performing Arts.
                and a range of relevant
                assessments at interview.

About	the	course
This course is designed to provide students
with a broad based introduction to performing
arts. Students will have the opportunity to
develop the skills and attributes they need to
develop confidence in their ability to achieve
either in the world of work or on a higher
level course.




“I absolutely love the
course. I’ve always been
into drama – whenever
I go to the West End I
leave wishing it was me
up on the stage.”
Erena Bordon –
BTEC National Diploma
in Performing Arts




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Performing Arts and Music


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  Performing	Arts	–	First	Diploma	                  Performing	Arts	Performance		–	
                                     L2             National	Diploma                     L3
  Course Code:   3028
  Duration:      1 Year                             Course code:   4112
  Location:      Watford campus                     Duration:      2 Years
  Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) including           Location:      Watford campus
                 English or Introductory            Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
                 Diploma in Performing Arts                        English and maths or First
                                                                                                   9 out of 10
                 and a range of assessments                        Diploma in Performing Arts      Performing
                 at interview.                                     and a range of assessments      Arts and Music
                                                                   including audition at           students at West
About	the	course                                                   interview.                      Herts College
                                                                                                   would recommend
This course is for young people who have
                                                  About	the	course                                 the College
never had the opportunity to perform but
would love to, and experienced performers         Students will attend sessions on a multi-        to a friend.
who have not achieved the entry requirements      disciplined course and gain skills in dance,
for the National Diploma. It prepares students    acting and musical theatre. Learners will
for the National Diploma and the world of         have a choice of taking part in performance
work by building confidence in performance        projects focusing on dance, acting or musical
and teaching skills in drama, dance and           theatre twice in the first year.
singing. Students will have the opportunity       This course will enable students to make
to perform project based work and skills          an informed choice about their study in the
workshops.                                        second year when students can choose from
Covering the following units:                     one of the three disciplines that best suits
� Business in the Performing Arts
                                                  their study and progression needs.
� Performing arts procuction process
                                                  Further	study
� Acting
� Understanding Dance                             Foundation or BA (Hons) Degree in
� Understanding Musical Theatre                   Performing Arts or a professional diploma
                                                  in drama school focusing on dance, acting or
Students can move on to the National              musical theatre.
Diploma Course on completion of the First
Diploma to a high standard, and a successful      Possible	careers
audition and interview.
                                                  Professional theatre, film and TV acting for
Further	study                                     private and commercial organisations.
National Diploma in Performing Arts.
                                                    Performing	Arts	Production	Arts	
Possible	careers                                    (Technical)	–	National	Diploma        L3
Performer, Arts Management, film and
                                                    Course Code: 4111
TV acting for private and commercial
organisations.                                      Duration:    2 Years
                                                    Location:    Watford campus and
                                                                 Watford Palace Theatre
                                                    Entry:       4 GCSEs (A*– C) including
                                                                 English and maths, First
                                                                 Diploma or equivalent
                                                                 plus a range of relevant
Our Community Partner:                                           assessments at interview.

                                                  About	the	course
                                                  This is a practical, work-related course that
                                                  will give you skills in lighting operation and
                                                  design, set construction, sound operation




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Performing Arts and Music
“The course has been very interesting, especially
learning about computer based technology, which
really appeals to me.”
Peter Wilson, Music technology

and much more. You will learn by completing      skills. You will develop your skills in relation
technical theatre projects and assignments       to performance in theatre, community and
that are based on real-life workplace            educational contexts.
situations, activities and demands. This         In addition you will also gain knowledge of
course is run with the support and guidance      commissioning and employment practice
of Hertfordshire’s nationally renowned           and how to promote and market your work.
Watford Palace Theatre, who provide our          This involves the use of websites as well as
students with opportunities to work in a         traditional routes.
professional environment.
As well as learning about all aspects of         Further	Study	
technical theatre, you will develop the skills   This programme will prepare you for
you need to start a career in theatre or         progression into employment or to the
related professions.                             final year the BA Honours Degree in
                                                 Performing Arts .
Further	Study	
Foundation Degree, BA Honours or HND in
stage management, design, performance or           MuSIC
other related subjects.
                                                   Music	Technology	–	First	Diploma	
Possible	Careers	
                                                   Course Code:    8513
                                                                                        L2
Assistant stage management, crew and
technical and design assistance and a range        Duration:       1 Year
of relevant career opportunities.                  Location:       Watford campus
                                                   Entry:          3 GCSEs (A*-D) including
  Performing	Arts	–		                                              English) or Introductory
  Foundation	Degree	                                               Diploma in Performing Arts
                                                                   and a range of assessments
  Duration:      2 Years                                           at interview.
  Location:      Watford campus
  Entry:         60 points (including one        About	the	course
                 GCE A Level or equivalent)      This course is project based and prepares
                 plus 5 GCSEs at grade C         students for progression on to the National
                 or above.                       Diploma in Music Technology or a career in
                                                 the industry. Its aim is to increase the skill
  Applications via UCAS:                         level of students in a variety of subjects
                                                 including:
  UCAS code: WW45 FdA/PA
                                                 � Midi sequencing
  Institution code: Herts H36
                                                 � Recording techniques
  campus code: W
                                                 � Music business

About	the	Course	                                As part of your course you are required to
                                                 study key skills.
This is a truly exciting and challenging
course on which you will study a range of        Further	study
disciplines including acting, voice, dance,      BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology
physical theatre and technical production




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Performing Arts and Music

                                                                                                  Don’t
                                                                                                  forget
                                                                                                  Watford campus
                                                                                                  open events:
                                                                                                  6.00pm	–	8.30pm


                                                                                                  Performing	Arts,	
                                                                                                  Music,	Media	and	
                                                                                                  Photography	

                                                                                                  Tuesday
                                                                                                  11 Nov 2008

                                                                                                  Tuesday
                                                                                                  3 March 2009




In order to progress you must gain a             About	the	course
minimum merit profile.                           This course prepares students for
Possible	careers                                 progression on to the National Diploma or a
                                                 career in the industry. Its aim is to increase
Sound recording, technical support for live      the core skill level of young musicians.
music, sound engineering, events PA.
                                                 Units include:
                                                 � Instrumental tuition in either bass, drums,
 Music	Practice	–	First	Diploma	
                                       L2          vocals or guitar
                                                 � Band performance
 Course Code:   8512
                                                 � Music theory and music industry
 Duration:      1 Year
 Location:      Watford campus                   Further	study
 Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) including         Music Practice National Diploma.
                English or Introductory
                Diploma in Performing Arts       Possible	careers
                and a range of assessments       A career in music with focus on performing,
                at interview.                    administration, technical support or a
                                                 related area.




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                         Music	Technology	–	National	Diploma	             recording industry.
                                                                          Units include:
                         Course Code:   3032                   L3         � Studio–based recording
                         Duration:      2 Years
                                                                          � Computer–based recording
                         Location:      Watford campus                    � Professional studies
                         Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including          As part of your course you are required to
Time on your hands?                     English and maths or              study key skills.
                                        First Diploma Music
Want to boost your                                                        Further	study
                                        Technology and a range
career prospects?                       of assessments including          BA(Hons) Popular Music and Recording, HND
Have you thought                        audition and interview.           Sound Recording, HND/BA Music Technology.
about volunteering?
5 reasons to            About	the	course                                  Possible	careers
volunteer               This two year course is project based and         Sound recording, technical support for live
* Meet new people       offers students the opportunity to develop        music, radio engineering, sound engineering,
                        and expand the creative and practical             events PA.
* Learn new skills
                        skills needed in the music technology and
* Improve your
  career prospects
* Build confidence
* Make a difference
  to the lives of
  others or the
  environment
Find out how you
can get involved
in volunteering -
click on www.
volunteeringherts.org
or call 01923 248304




  88                                     At West Herts College, disability will not stop you from succeeding – see page 120
Performing Arts and Music

 Music	Practice	–	National	Diploma	               �   Composing
                                       L3         �   Band musicianship
 Course Code:   3069                              �   Solo performance
 Duration:      2 Years                           �   Music industy
 Location:      Watford campus                    Further	study
 Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including          BA(Hons) Popular Music and Recording,
                English and maths or              BA(Hons) Jazz Studies, BTEC HND in Music
                First Diploma in Music or         Instrument Technology.
                Performing Arts and range
                of assessments including          Possible	careers
                audition at interview.            A career in music might focus on performing,
                                                  teaching, composing and arranging,
About	the	course                                  management and administration, technical
This course offers young musicians an             support or on a range of opportunities in the
opportunity to develop skills in:                 publishing and retail sectors.
� Instrumental playing for a first study
  instrument: Bass, drums, vocals or guitar
                                                                                Wired for sound
                                                                                                         Music student
                                                                                                         Michael
                                                                                                         Saminaden has
                                                                                                         a passion for all
                                                                                                         things music,
                                                                                                         splitting his
                                                                                                         time between
                                                                                                         studying
                                                                                 for a BTEC in Music Technology
                                                                                 and performing with his band The
                                                                                 Apostates.
                                                                                 Michael is hoping his qualifications
                                                                                 will help him pursue his dreams in
                                                                                 the industry he loves if his part-time
                                                                                 work as a drummer in a band can’t.
                                                                                 The Apostates, however, have already
                                                                                 had airplay on Radio 1, performed at
                                                                                 the BBC’s London recording studios
                                                                                 and enjoyed a summer tour of the UK.
                                                                                 “I really enjoy being part of a band,
                                                                                 but am also really interested in the
                                                                                 music production side of things. The
                                                                                 skills I’ve already learnt on my
                                                                                 College course have enabled me to
                                                                                 record the last demos for the band
                                                                                 myself, which is great.”




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Retail
Most people find their way in to the retail industry completely by
accident and don’t always fully appreciate the skills needed to
be successful in this fast-paced business. That is why at West
Herts College we offer a range of full-time retail courses suitable
for people looking for their first stepping stone in to shop work,
through to those looking to climb the ladder in to a supervisory
management position.




“Good inter-personal skills are an absolute
must for anyone who wants to be successful
in retail and this is the number one thing
that will make our students employable by
good retailers.”

Head of School, Robin Hindley
                                                    Did you know…
Robin started working in the stockroom
                                                    � The average Briton spends more than
at Next and ended up managing his own
                                                      400 hours a year shopping
branch. Robin admits to having a passion for
                                                    � 86% of women and only 72% of men
shopping and of course the staff discount
                                                      look at price tags when they shop
offered by retailers has to be one of the best
perks of the industry.                              Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life
Retail
  Business	Administration		
  and	Retail	–	Certificate	in		        E3                                                           Don’t
                                                                                                    forget
  Skills	for	Working	Life

  Course Code:   9210
  Duration:      1 Year                                                                             Come and speak
  Location:      Dacorum campus                                                                     to our tutors
  Entry:         Entry Level 2 in literacy and                                                      and start your
                 numeracy and a range of                                                            retail career.
                 assessments at interview.
                                                                                                    Dacorum
About	the	course                                  You will also have the chance to develop          campus open
You will study two specialist units relating      your key skills in one of the following areas:    evenings:
to retail and business administration and         communication, application of number
four supporting units including literacy          and ICT.                                          6.00pm	–	8.30pm
and numeracy, IT and money skills.	
                                                  Further	study
You will work in small groups and be
                                                  You could progress on to a First Diploma
                                                                                                    Thursday
supported by a learning adviser. You will
also undertake work experience during             course in subjects such as Business, ICT, or      6 Nov 2008
your course.                                      Travel and Tourism.
                                                                                                    Wednesday
Further	Study	                                    Possible	careers                                  25 Feb 2009
Successful completion of this course could        You will have the opportunity to join a range
allow you to progress to the Introductory         of employment opportunities in the business
Diploma in business, retail and administration    sector.
or a related Level 1 business course.
                                                    Retail	–	First	Diploma		
  Business,	Retail	and		                                                                 L2
  Administration	–		
  Introductory	Diploma
                                      L1            Course Code: 0279

                                                    Duration:      1 Year
  Course Code:   0277                               Location:      Dacorum campus
  Duration:      1 Year                             Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) or
  Location:      Cassio or Dacorum campus                          equivalent qualification
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G), or                                 and a range of relevant
                 Certificate in Skills for                         assessments at interview.
                 Working Life and a range
                 of relevant assessments          About	the	course
                 at interview.                    This exciting new course will provide you with
                                                  the knowledge to enter the world of retailing,
About	the	course                                  as well as developing practical skills in
This course will help you gain a basic            preparation for work.
understanding of business and will enable         You will study three core units:
progression on to the First Diploma in            � Introduction to retail services
Business or employment in business. It is         � Retail selling and customer service
made up of the following units:                   � Merchandising for retail sales
� Finance in business                             You will also have the opportunity to
� Communication                                   specialise through a range of optional units
� Introduction to Retail                          including advertising and sales in retail,
� Introduction to Administration                  fashion retailing or stock control and security
� Introduction to Customer Service                in retail.
� Social Responsibility
� Working in Business




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Retail
Further	study	                                   � Professional Development in Retail
Successful completion of this course could       Plus four optional units:
allow you to progress to the National Diploma    � Personal Shopping and Style
in Business or E-Commerce.                       � Market Research and Branding for Retail
                                                 � Marketing and PR for Fashion Retail
Possible	careers	
                                                 � Digital Graphic Design for Retail Fashion
You will gain the skills to choose from a vast
range of career opportunities in retailing       Further	study
including customer service, merchandising        Progression to a Level 3 course at the
or administration.                               Fashion Retail Academy.

  Fashion	Retail	                                Possible	careers
  ABC	Awards	Diploma	                L2          Supervisory or junior management positions
                                                 in retail stores.
  Course code: 0265
  Duration : 1 year                                  British	Display	Society:		
  Location : Dacorum Campus                          Point-of-Sale	 Design	and		        L3
  Entry:      3 GCSEs (A*-D), including              Merchandise	Projection	–	
              Maths or English or a                  Advanced	Diploma
              BTEC Introductory Diploma              Course Code:   8011
              in Business Retail and
              Administration at Merit                Duration:      2 Years
              grade, plus a range of                 Location:      Dacorum campus
              relevant assessments at                Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) to include
              interview and an interest in
              fashion and retailing.
                                                                    an art/craft subject or           “This course
                                                                    First Diploma, plus portfolio
                                                                    of work and a range of            has taught
About	the	course                                                    relevant assessments at
                                                                    interview are required.
                                                                                                      me a lot about
The Level 2 Diploma in Fashion Retail is a one
year course that is designed to allow you to                        Students with a particular        what it would
study a range of fashion, merchandising and                         creative aptitude will be
related subjects. The course will provide you                       considered.                       take to run my
with the opportunity to gain the knowledge                                                            own company
of how clothing retailers work to ensure the     About	the	course
success of their shops through commercially      Designed for students who wish to prepare
                                                                                                      – hopefully
laid out departments, high levels of customer
service and successful implementation of
                                                 for a career in the broad area of promotional        it won’t be
                                                 design. It is only available in colleges/centres
company procedures. The course will also         approved by the British Display Society.             long before I
open the door to further studies at Level 3.
Students study the following eight mandatory
                                                 The course includes:                                 make my first
units:                                           � Colour/design                                      million!”
                                                 � Lettering
� Customer Service and Selling for Fashion
                                                 � 3D design and studio production work               Luke Tobin
   Retail                                        � Exhibition design                                  First Diploma in Business
� The Fashion Retail Market Place
                                                 � Technical drawing
� Technology for Fashion Retail
                                                 � Point-of-sale design
� Business of Fashion Retail
                                                 � History of art and architecture
� Introduction to Visual Merchandising
                                                 � Marketing
� Understanding the Store
                                                 � Fashion
   Environment                                   � Photography
� Buying and Merchandising for
                                                 � Computer aided design (CAD)
   Fashion Retail                                � Extended written study




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Retail




                                                                                                        i
There will normally be approximately             operates and who want to find out more.
2 weeks industrial work experience. In           Students should have an interest in
addition to your main course of study your       understanding business organisations,
programme will include Key Skills.               the markets they serve and how to deal
                                                 with customers effectively.
Further	study
                                                 You will study 18 units over the 2 years
BA Hons, Foundation degree or HND in a           including:                                      As a retail student
range of related subjects.
                                                 � Effective people communication and            you will be using
Possible	careers                                   information                                   MOCKSHOP, state-
                                                 � Introduction to marketing                     of-the-art computer
Point-of-sale packaging design, retail           � Introduction to the internet and e-business
display, exhibition design, freelance design,                                                    technology, used
                                                 � Website design strategies                     by many high street
prop making, model making.
                                                                                                 retailers, to create
                                                 Further	study                                   virtual 3D stores
  Business	(E-Commerce)	–		                      Foundation Degree, BA Honours or HND in         and plan your
  National	Diploma                 L3            a business related subject.                     merchandising.
  Course Code:   0276                            Possible	careers                                You can even use
  Duration:      1 Year                                                                          your own clothing
                                                 Employment in all sectors of business and       designs in the
  Location:      Dacorum campus                  business related e-commerce.
                                                                                                 stores.
  Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
                 English and preferably
                 maths or First Diploma
                 plus a range of relevant
                 assessments at interview.

About	the	course
This one year course is for keen students
who have an eye for business, how it




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Sport and Public Services
People of all ages have more time and money to spend on leisure
activities than ever before. And as the amount of leisure time we
have increases, so the employment opportunities grow.
Gaining qualifications in the dynamic sports and leisure industry
prepares you for a career in organisations as varied as sports
centres, theme parks, art centres, hotel and conference centres
and holiday and tour operators. We can help if you have a
particular specialism in mind or want to keep your options open
with more general skills.


Public Services                                 All Sports and Public Services students
Do you see your future in one of the            benefit from our fully-equipped fitness
uniformed services: the Police Force, the       centre, The Pulse.
Ambulance or Fire Service, or as a member
of the Army, Navy, or Air Force? If so, then
obtaining a qualification relevant to all of
these public services is the ideal first step   Did you know…
on the path to your chosen career. Our          � Every day the fire service is called out to
courses have an excellent reputation and          140 house fires
have been designed with the help of officers    � There are 43 different police forces in
from the services. We ensure that practical       England and Wales
aspects are combined with theory to give
                                                Source: The Indypedia – facts and figures of modern life
the right balance. Courses benefit from a
full programme of active residential trips
and visits to the services. So if you have
the desire to serve and a determination to
succeed then come and see us.
                                                                                                          i
Sport and Public Services
  SPoRT                                           � Sports
                                                  � Exercise and fitness
  Sport	&	Recreation	–	Certificate		              Assessment is via coursework and external       Time on your hands?
  in	Skills	for	Working	Life        E3            tests. It is also possible to gain Sports       Want to boost your
                                                  Coaching Awards and Key Skills Level 1 in       career prospects?
  Course Code:   8095                             communications.
                                                                                                  Have you thought
  Duration:      1 Year
                                                  Further	study                                   about volunteering?
  Location:      Cassio campus
                                                  First Diploma in Sport or Public Services.      5 reasons to
  Entry:         Entry Level 2 in literacy
                                                                                                  volunteer
                 and numeracy and a range         Possible	careers
                 of relevant assessments                                                          * Meet new people
                 at interview.                    Leisure centre assistant, sports leadership
                                                  and coaching opportunities, sports              * Learn new skills
                                                  development assistant.                          * Improve your
About	the	course
                                                                                                    career prospects
You will study two specialist units relating
                                                      Sport	Performance	–		                       * Build confidence
to the sport and recreation industry, plus
four supporting units including literacy and
                                                      First	Diploma	                    L2        * Make a difference
numeracy. You will work in small groups and           Course Code:   8806                           to the lives of
be supported by a learning adviser.                                                                 others or the
                                                      Duration:      1 Year
                                                                                                    environment
Further	study                                         Location:      Cassio campus
At Level 1, additional courses or employment.                                                     Find out how you
                                                      Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) and a range
                                                                                                  can get involved
                                                                     of relevant assessments
                                                                     at interview.                in volunteering -
  Sport	and	Leisure	–		
                                                                                                  click on www.
  City	&	Guilds	6951		              L1                                                            volunteeringherts.org
  Progression	Award                               About	the	course
                                                                                                  or call 01923 248304
  Course Code:   2537                             This six unit course provides a sound basis
                                                  for students to progress onto the National
  Duration:      1 Year                           Diploma in Sport, or to enter the sports
  Location:      Cassio campus                    industry at a basic level. The course content
  Entry:         2 GCSEs (E–G) or                 examines sports performance and the sports
                 Certificate in Skills for        industry. Units studied are:
                 Working Life, plus a range       � The sports industry
                 of relevant assessments          � Health, safety and injury in sport
                 at interview.                    � Preparation for Sport
                                                  � Practical sport

About	the	course                                  � The body in sport
                                                  � Planning and leading Sports activites
This course is specifically designed to meet
the needs of students who want to work in the     Assessment is via coursework. The course
sport and leisure industry and is divided into    includes the opportunity to complete Key
seven units:                                      Skills and Coaching Awards.
� Introduction to the sport and                   Further	study
  recreation industry
                                                  BTEC National Diploma in Sport or Sport
� Introduction to working with customers
                                                  Science.
  and colleagues
� Following safe working practices                Possible	careers
� Assist in the planning, delivery and
  evaluation of an activity                       Sports coach, sports assistant and similar
� Introduction to health, lifestyle and the
                                                  career areas.
  human body




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Sport and Public Services

  Health	and	Fitness		 	                         and its development. Skills for coaching
  Active	IQ	Qualifications   L2          L3      and improving performance are developed.
                                                 You will also gain an understanding of how
  Course Code:   9902                            diet and psychology can influence sports
  Duration:      1 Year (4 days a week)          performers as well as a knowledge of the
                                                 structure of the sports industry.
  Location:      Cassio campus
                                                 Units include:
  Entry:         Applicants must have a
                 Level 3 qualification at        � The body in action
                 a merit profile. Mature         � Psychology for sport
                 applicants will be accepted     � Nutrition for sport
                 with relevant industrial        � Practical sports activities
                 experience.                     � Sports massage

                                                 The course includes key skills and the
About	the	course                                 opportunity to gain coaching awards.
The course is specially designed to meet the     Further	study
needs of students who want to work in the
sport and leisure industry. It is divided into   Successful students can gain entry to
four qualifications:                             university to study sports related degrees,
                                                 Sports Foundation degree or Active IQ
� L2 Certificate in Gym Instructing              qualification. The course also provides entry
� L2 Certificate in Instructing Circuits         qualifications for degrees in PE teaching,
� L3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy       although students must have GCSEs at
� L3 Certificate in Personal Training            A-C in English language, maths and
Assessment is practical, written exam and        a science to become a teacher.
portfolio building.
                                                 Possible	careers
Further	study                                    Careers in the health and fitness
Other relevant fitness qualifications.           industry such as assistant fitness
                                                 instructor or trainee management,
Possible	careers                                 or careers in the sports industry
Gym Instructor, Instruct Circuits, Sports        such as sports coaching, sports
Masseur and Personal Trainer.                    assistant.

  Sport	–	National	Diploma	                        Sport	and	Exercise	Science	–		
                                         L3        National	Diploma	                  L3
  Course Code:   8887
                                                   Course Code:   0379
  Duration:      2 Years
                                                   Duration:      2 Years
  Location:      Cassio campus
                                                   Location:      Cassio campus
  Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
                 English or maths (PE also         Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) to include
                 desirable) plus a range of                       science, maths and
                 relevant assessments at                          English (PE also desirable)
                 interview.                                       or BTEC First Diploma,
                                                                  plus a range of relevant
                                                                  assessments
About	the	course                                                  at interview.
This 18 unit course is designed to develop
a comprehensive knowledge of the skills of       About	the	course
sport and the sports industry. The structure
and function of the human body is central        This 18 unit course examines how
to the course, as is the evaluation of fitness   science can be applied to understand




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Sport and Public Services

“With the Sport and Exercise Science course I
can go on to study to become a physiotherapist –                                                   Beside the
                                                                                                   seaside
I’ve always been interested in science and how                                                     Sun, sea and sport
it can be used to help people.”                                                                    was the order of the
                                                                                                   weekend for a group
Emmanuel Peprah – Sport and Exercise Science                                                       of students studying
                                                                                                   on the one-year
                                                                                                   Active IQ course,
                                                                                                   as they headed to
and improve sports performance.                     Sports	Studies	–		                             Camber Sands for a
A knowledge of human biology is central to          Foundation	Degree                              few days of sporting
the course, covering the structures of the                                                         activity.
human body and how it functions.                    Duration:     2 Years
                                                    Location:     Cassio campus                    Besides getting sand
Subjects central to sports performance                                                             between their toes,
such as psychology, nutrition and injury            Entry:        40 points (including one         the students also
are also studied. Skills for assessing fitness                    GCE A Level or equivalent)       benefitted from the
and coaching sports are developed, as are                         or National Diploma.             weekend in Sussex
skills needed to work in the sports industry.                                                      as it enabled them to
This course is different from the National                                                         keep up to date with
                                                    Apply via UCAS:
Diploma in Sport due to the more scientific                                                        current issues in the
                                                    UCAS Code – C601 FdSc/SpSt
nature of the units.                                                                               world of fitness and
                                                    Institution code - HERTS H36
Units studied are:                                  campus code – W                                also pick up ideas for
                                                                                                   classes and training.
� Exercise anatomy
                                                                                                   The Active IQ course
� Exercise physiology
                                                  This course is based around sports coaching,     includes gym, circuit
� Psychology for sport
                                                  sport and fitness development and sport-         training, personal
� Practical sport performance
                                                  related management.                              training and sports
� Sports massage
                                                  You will study an exciting range of modules      massage therapy.
The course includes work placements
                                                  such as principles and practice of fitness       The sun may not
and Key Skills, plus the opportunity to
                                                  testing, exercise physiology, sports marketing   have shone but the
gain Sports Coaching Awards.
                                                  and promotion and outdoor recreation.            students all had a
Further	study                                     Additionally you will take coaching modules      great deal of fun
                                                  at the outstanding Hertfordshire Sports          taking part in a range
Foundation degree in Sport Science or Active                                                       of activities including
IQ qualification, PE and Leisure Management       Village on the de Havilland campus at the
                                                  University of Hertfordshire and you will         a spot of pole dancing
or more specialised degrees in Sports                                                              – with one of the
Therapy and Rehabilitation, Sports Equipment      have the opportunity to gain additional
                                                  coaching awards.                                 students showing
Design, Diet and Nutrition and Sports                                                              such a talent for this
Psychology.                                       On successful completion you will have           ‘sport’ that they won
                                                  the opportunity to top up to a BSc (Hons) in     a holiday back to
Possible	careers                                  Sports Studies with one additional year of       Camber Sands!
Assistant fitness instructor, sports assistant,   study or start a career in sports development
sports coaching, sports development and           and coaching, health and fitness development
other sports related careers.                     or work in the sports and leisure industry.




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Sport and Public Services
                                                                                               “The course
 PuBLIC	SERvICES                             Further	study
                                             BTEC National Diploma in Public Services.         has been very
 Public	Services	–	NCFE		                                                                      interesting,
 Level	1	Certificate	for	entry		    L1       Possible	careers
 to	the	uniformed	Services                   Employment in the public and emergency            especially all
                                             services.
  Course Code: 8965                                                                            the activities
  Duration:    1 year                          Public	Services	–		                             we get to take
  Location:    Cassio campus                   National	Diploma	                   L3          part in – it’s
  Entry:       2 GCSEs (E–G) or
               Certificate in Skills for
                                               Course Code:   0659                             not all about
                                               Location:      2 years
               Working Life, plus a                                                            sitting in a
               range of relevant               Location:      Cassio campus
               assessments                     Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
                                                                                               classroom.”
               at interview.                                  English or maths and a
                                                              range of relevant                Katie-Ann Monnington
                                                              assessments at interview.        – Public Services
About	the	course
You will study the following units:
                                             About	the	course
� Participate in adventurous outdoor
  activities                                 You will study 18 units including:
� Investigate employment opportunities in    � Government policies and the public
  uniformed services                           services
� Well-being and physical fitness            � Team leadership
� Develop team working skills                � Team development
� Self discipline and development            � Understanding discipline
� Map reading                                � Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
� Health and safety and emergency care       � Crime and its effects
                                             � Custodial care
Further	study
BTEC First Diploma in Public Services.       Further	study
                                             BA Hons or Foundation Degree in a
Possible	careers                             related area.
Employment in public/ emergency services.
                                             Possible	careers
                                             Employment after entry tests into armed
 Public	Services	–		
 First	Diploma	                      L2      services, police, fire, ambulance services.

 Course Code:   0657
 Duration:      1 Year
 Location:      Cassio campus
 Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) and a range
                of relevant assessments
                at interview.

About	the	course
You will study the following units:
� Uniformed public services employment
� Public service skills
� Workplace welfare
� Value of sport and recreation
� Community and cultural awareness
� Public service fitness




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Sport and Public Services

                                                                                               A mission with
                                                                                               a difference
                                                                                               Public Services students
                                                                                               on the First Diploma
                                                                                               course enjoyed a training
                                                                                               day at a scoup camp
                                                                                               in Borehamwood with
                                                                                               Lasermission, a company
                                                                                               which specialises in co-
                                                                                               ordinating team building
                                                                                               events using hi-tech laser
                                                                                               and infrared technology.
                                                                                               The students were
                                                                                               tested throughout the
                                                                                               day as the Lasermission
                                                                                               team conducted SMEAC
                                                                                               training (Situation,
                                                                                               Mission, Execution,
                                                                                               Any Questions, Check
                                                                                               Understanding) - the
                                                                                               accepted method of
                                                                                               briefing within the
                                                                                               uniformed Public
                                                                                               Services. Each student
                                                                                               took their turn to lead
                                                                                               a task and gave a
                                                                                               full SMEAC briefing
                                                                                               beforehand.
                                                                                               The day was designed
                                                                                               to develop the students’
                                                                                               quick-thinking, teamwork
                                                  in the uniformed public services. You        and problem solving
 Public	Services	(uniformed)	                     will develop your abilities so that you      skills – all of which are
 –	Foundation	Degree                              are a motivated, team player with good       essential for any soldier.
                                                  leadership skills and managerial skills
 Duration:      2 Years                           able to respond to the demands of the
 Location:      Cassio campus                     sector.
 Entry:         60 points (including one          You will learn how to deal with difficult
                GCE A Level or equivalent)        situations, how to manage, lead and
                plus GCSE English and             communicate effectively which is
                mathematics at grade C or         supported and enhanced by local public
                above or National Diploma in      services. Within the course your physical
                Public Services.                  fitness will be improved with fitness
                                                  sessions and adventurous outdoor
                                                  activities.
 Apply via UCAS:
 UCAS code: L430 FdA/PSM                          Further	Study	
 Institution code: Herts H36                      On completion you can continue your          Tasks included
 campus code: W                                   studies in an Honours degree in a            commanding section
                                                  related field or alternatively you will be   attacks, defending areas,
About	the	Course	                                 qualified to start a career within the       problem solving and code
                                                  uniformed public services.                   breaking exercises. A
This programme is designed to equip you
with the knowledge, understanding and                                                          great day was had by all
skills required for successful employment                                                      and tutors are already
                                                                                               busy planning a similar
                                                                                               event for next year’s
                                                                                               students.



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West Herts College Centre of
Sports Excellence
West Herts College has teamed up with several local
sports clubs to become a Centre of Sports Excellence
in football, tennis, rugby and golf. Learners have the
opportunity to combine their academic studies with
practical experience in the sport of their choice at
some impressive local venues.

 CENTRE	oF	SPoRTS	ExCELLENCE
                                                 Centre	of	Football	Excellence	–	
 Centre	of	Football	Excellence	–	                National	Award/Certificate		         L3
 First	Diploma	in	Sport	            L2           in	Sport	

 Course Code: 9903                               Course Code: 9904
 Duration:    1 year                             Duration:    1/2 years
 Location:    Cassio campus/                     Location:    Cassio campus/
              Dacorum campus                                  Dacorum campus
 Entry:       NVQ Level 2 Football               Entry:       4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
              Coaching or 3 GCSEs                             English and maths or
              (A*-D) and a range of                           equivalent qualification
              relevant assessments                            plus a range of relevant
              at interview including a                        assessments at interview
              successful football trial.                      including successful trials.

About	the	course                               About	the	course
West Herts College and Watford FC’s            West Herts College and Watford FC’s
Community Sports and Education Trust have      Community Sports and Education Trust have
joined forces to create a Centre of Football   joined forces to create a Centre of Football
Excellence. This will give students between    Excellence. This will give students between
the ages of 16 and 19 the chance to combine    the ages of 16 and 19 the chance to combine
academic studies with a practical football     academic studies with a practical football
experience.                                    experience.
The programme will offer a grounding in        The programme will offer a grounding in
football coaching and FA coaching. Students    football coaching and FA coaching. Students
will train daily and play on a competitive     will train daily and play on a competitive
basis.                                         basis.
By completing this programme players gain      By completing the two year programme
the skills required to help them progress to   players gain the skills required to help
a higher standard of football and experience   them progress to a high standard of football
necessary to work in community football        and the experience necessary to work in
coaching.                                      community football coaching.
                                               It’s a chance to develop talent on the football
Further	study                                  pitch and find a route in to a football coaching
National Award, Certificate or Diploma in      career.
Sport.
                                               Further	study
Possible	career                                Sport related HNDs and Honours degrees.
Football coaching, sports coaching, sports
assistant, sports development and other        Possible	career
sports related careers.                        Football coaching, sports coaching, sports




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             Our Community Partners:


                              AND DRIVING RANGE




                         assistant, sports development and other           Excellence. This is an opportunity for our
                         sports related careers.                           students to combine academic studies with
                                                                           practical golf experience.
                           Centre	of	Golf	Excellence	–	                    The programme will offer grounding in golf
                           First	Diploma	in	Sport
                                                               L2          coaching and students will train daily and play
                                                                           at a competitive level.
                           Course Code:   0294                             During this course you will gain the skills
                           Duration:      1 Year                           required to help you progress to a high
                           Location:      Cassio campus                    standard of golf and the ability to work in the
                                                                           community in various golfing roles.
                           Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) plus a
                                          range of relevant                Further	study	
                                          assessments at interview         Sport related HNDs and Honours degrees.
                                          including successful trials.
                                                                           Possible	careers	
                         About	the	course                                  Golf coaching, sports coaching, sports
                         West Herts College has created a Centre of        development and other sports related careers.
                         Golfing Excellence. This is an opportunity for
                         our students to combine academic studies            Centre	of	Rugby	Excellence	–	
                         with practical golf experience.
                         The programme will offer grounding in golf
                                                                             First	Diploma	in	Sport             L2
                         coaching and students will train daily and play     Course Code: 0299
                         at a competitive level.                             Duration:    1 Year
                         During this course you will gain the skills         Location:    Dacorum campus / Hemel
                         required to help you progress to a high                          Stags-Pennine Way
                         standard of golf and the ability work in the
                         community in various golfing roles.                 Entry:       3 GCSEs (A*-D) plus a
                                                                                          range of relevant
                         Further	study	                                                   assessments at interview
                                                                                          including successful trials.
                         National Award / Certificate in Sport.
                         Possible	careers	                                 About	the	course
                         Golf coaching, sports coaching, sports            West Herts College and Hemel Stags have
                         development and other sports related careers.     joined forces to create a Centre of Rugby
                                                                           Excellence. This is an opportunity for our
                                                                           students to combine academic studies with
                           Centre	of	Golf	Excellence	–	
                           National	Award/Certificate		           L3       practical rugby experience. You will develop
                                                                           grounding in Rugby League coaching, train
                           in	Sport
                                                                           daily and play at a competitive level.
                           Course Code:   0371                             You will develop your rugby skills and gain the
                           Duration:      1/2 Years                        ability work in the community in various rugby
                                                                           roles. You will develop your talent on the rugby
                           Location:      Cassio campus                    field and earn representative honours as well
                           Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including         as having the chance to find a route to a career
                                          maths or English, or an          in Rugby League.
                                          equivalent qualification,
                                          plus a range of relevant         Further	study	
                                          assessments at interview         National Award, Certificate or Diploma in
                                          including handicap of 15         Sport.
                                          or below.
                                                                           Possible	careers	
                         About	the	course                                  Rugby coaching, sports coaching, sports
                         West Herts College and a local golf club have     development and other sports related careers.
                         joined forces to create a Centre of Golfing




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                                                                                                              i
Centre of Sports Excellence
  Centre	of	Rugby	Excellence	–	                    The programme will offer a grounding in
  National	Award/Certificate		         L3          tennis coaching and will develop your skills

                                                                                                      Don’t
  in	Sport                                         to a high standard, giving you the opportunity
                                                   and the ability to work in
  Course Code: 0373

                                                                                                      forget
                                                   the community in various tennis roles. This is
  Duration:    1/2 Years                           an excellent opportunity to develop your skills
  Location:    Dacorum campus / Hemel              on the tennis court and find a career in tennis.
               Stags-Pennine Way
                                                   Further	study	
                                                                                                      Come and see
  Entry:       4 GCSEs (A*–C) including                                                               us at our Cassio
                                                   National Award, Certificate or Diploma in
               maths or English, or an
                                                   Sport.                                             campus open
               equivalent qualification,
               plus a range of relevant
                                                                                                      evenings:
                                                   Possible	careers	
               assessments at interview
               including successful trials.        Tennis coaching, sports coaching, sports           6.00pm	–	8.30pm
                                                   development and other sports related
                                                   careers.                                           Monday
About	the	course
This is an opportunity for our students to
                                                                                                      17 Nov 2008
combine academic studies with practical              Centre	of	Tennis	Excellence	–	
                                                     National	Award/Certificate		        L3           Monday
rugby experience. You will develop a
grounding in Rugby League coaching, train            in	Sport                                         9 March 2009
daily and play at a competitive level.               Course Code:   0372
You will develop your skills to a high standard      Duration:      1/2 Years
of rugby and gain the ability to work in the
community in various rugby roles. You will           Location:      Cassio campus
develop your talent on the rugby field and           Entry:         4 GCSEs (A*–C) including
earn representative honours as well as                              maths or English, or an
having the chance to find a route to a career                       equivalent qualification, plus
in Rugby League.                                                    a range of assessments
                                                                    at interview including
Further	study	                                                      successful trials.
Sport related HNDs and Honours degrees.
                                                   About	the	course
Possible	careers	
                                                   West Herts College has created a Centre of
Rugby coaching, sports coaching, sports
                                                   Tennis Excellence. This is an opportunity for
development and other sports related
                                                   our students to combine academic studies
careers.
                                                   with practical tennis experience. You will train
                                                   and play daily and take part in competitive
  Centre	of	Tennis	Excellence	–	                   level tennis as well as developing a grounding
  First	Diploma	in	Sport              L2           in tennis coaching.
                                                   You will develop your skills to a high standard
  Course Code:   0296
                                                   and gain the ability work in the community
  Duration:      1 Year                            in various tennis roles. This is an excellent
  Location:      Cassio campus                     opportunity to develop your skills on the
                                                   tennis court and pursue a career in tennis.
  Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) plus a range
                 of relevant assessments           Further	study	
                 at interview including
                 successful trials.                Sport related HNDs and Honours degrees.
                                                   Possible	careers	
About	the	course                                   Tennis coaching, sports coaching, sports
This is an opportunity for our students to         development and other sports related
combine academic studies with practical            careers.
tennis experience. You will train and play daily
and take part in competitive level tennis.




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Travel and Tourism
Travel and tourism is a vast and expanding industry. There is an increasing
need for trained professionals to work in all parts of the world, offering a
high-quality service to customers in airports, airlines, theme parks, travel
agencies, coach and ferry companies, hotels, and tourist information
centres to name just a few.




If you enjoy meeting people, would
like to work abroad, and take pride in
providing a service to others, then this
could be the career you are looking
for. What you need next is training
from people with the right mix of
skills and experience.

At West Herts College we can offer
this, plus direct links with employers
and universities. So you can plan for
your next move – whether that’s work
or further study.
Travel and Tourism
  Travel	and	Tourism	–		
  Introductory	Diploma               L1
  Course Code:   9906
  Duration:      1 year
  Location:      Cassio campus
  Entry          2 GCSEs (E–G) or Certificate
                 in Skills for Working Life
                 and a range of relevant
                 assessments at interview.

About	the	course
The Introductory Diploma in Travel and
Tourism combines a mixture of travel related
                                                    Travel	and	Tourism	–		
subjects with employment skills preparation
in order to provide the learner with an all-
                                                    National	Award                       L3
encompassing insight into the travel industry       Course Code: 9917
and the skills needed to gain employment.
You will also have the opportunity to achieve       Duration:    2 years
Key Skills modules.                                 Location:    Cassio or Dacorum campus
                                                    Entry:       4 GCSEs (A*–C), First
Further	study
                                                                 Diploma or equivalent
First Diploma in Travel and Tourism.                             and a range of relevant
                                                                 assessments at interview.
Possible	careers
Travel agents, airline customer services and      About	the	course
tour operators.                                                                                       See what it’s like
                                                  The course consists of various travel related
                                                                                                      inside the plane –
                                                  modules including:
  Travel	and	Tourism	–	First	Diploma	                                                                 view the video at
                                                  � Investigating travel and tourism
                                                                                                      westherts.ac.uk
  Course Code:   2590                 L2          � Customer service in travel and tourism
                                                  � Long-haul travel destinations
  Duration:      1 year
                                                  � Retail and business travel operations
  Location:      Cassio campus                    � Preparing for employment in the travel and
  Entry:         3 GCSEs (A*-D) or                   tourism industry
                 Foundation NVQ or Travel         � The business of travel and tourism
                 Services Certificate             � The European travel market
                 and a range of relevant          One residential visit each year will be
                 assessments at interview.        arranged, which is typically for one week
                                                  overseas (previous destinations have included
About	the	course                                  Shanghai, Barcelona, Lanzarote and Hong
The course covers six units including:            Kong).
� Introduction to the Travel/Tourism industry
                                                  It may also be possible to gain a First Aid
� Marketing in travel and tourism
                                                  certificate and some Key Skills. Subject
� Customer service
                                                  to timetabling arrangements, it may be
                                                  possible to take GCSE maths or English,
Educational day trips are also arranged such      an A/AS-level, OCN Level 1 Spanish, NCFE
as a day trip to Milan. As well as the First      level 2 Certificate for airline cabin crew,
Diploma, it may be possible to gain Key Skills    NCFE resort representatives, NCFE airport
and a customer care certificate.                  passenger services.
Further	study                                     Further	study
BTEC National Certificate in Travel and           Foundation Degree or Honours Degree
Tourism.
                                                  Possible	careers
Possible	careers
                                                  Travel agency management, overseas reps,
Travel agent, tour operator, hotel receptionist   cabin crew, car rental, airport ground staff,
and airline customer services.                    hotel administration and travel journalism.



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Foundation Studies
The Foundation Studies programme caters for young people
who may have experienced varying difficulties in learning. The
programme encourages students to learn new skills and develop
a sense of independence.
Students learn in small groups supported by a tutor and learning
advisers. They benefit from a learning environment suited to
their individual needs – and are also encouraged to fully take
part in campus life. The whole experience can be enhanced by
supportive work placements.



Following an interview, an assessment period may be arranged to
make sure students are placed on the right course. Students are set
individual goals, have regular progress reviews and the opportunity
to discuss any difficulties they may have. They can progress to other
college courses, full-time employment or training.

Some students may prefer to consider supported or voluntary work.
Throughout the programme there will be planned visits and trips
and enrichment activities.
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                     Foundation
                     Studies
Specialist             Essential	Skills	–		
Prospectus             ASDAN	Towards		
                       Independence
                                                           PE
available please
call 01923 812345
                       Course Code: 8754
to request a copy.
                       Duration:    2 years
                       Location:    Cassio campus or
                                    Dacorum campus
                       Entry:       No formal qualifications
                                    are required, a range of
                                    assessments at interview
                                    are required.

                     About	the	course
                     This course prepares you for living in the
                     community, at home or independently. You
                     will learn in small groups with your tutor
                     and be supported by a learning adviser. Your
                     tutor will create an individual learning plan to
                     support your studies and meet your individual
                     needs.
                     Units include:                                     meet your individual needs.
                     � Preparation for work                             Modules include:
                     � Independent living skills
                                                                        � Preparation for work
                     � IT and project work
                                                                        � Independent living skills
                     � Community and leisure
                                                                        � IT and project work
                                                                        � Community and leisure
                     Further	study
                     You can progress to a higher pre-entry             Further	study
                     programme or the entry programme                   You can progress to a higher pre-entry
                     depending on your qualifications and               programme or the entry programme
                     experience.                                        depending on your qualifications and
                                                                        experience.
                       Essential	Skills	–		
                       ASDAN	Level	up                      PE             BTEC	Certificate	in		
                       Course Code: 8755
                                                                          Life	Skills	–Citizenship		   E1       E2
                                                                          and	Community	Studies
                       Duration:    2 years
                       Location:    Cassio campus or                      Course Code:    8687                 E3
                                    Dacorum campus                        Duration:       2 years
                       Entry:       No formal qualifications              Location:       Cassio or Dacorum campus
                                    are required, a range of              Entry:          No formal qualifications
                                    assessments at interview                              are required, a range of
                                    are required.                                         assessments at interview
                                                                                          are required.
                     About	the	course
                     This course encourages students to develop         About	the	course
                     independence and learn new skills. During          This course is taught three days a week and
                     your time at College you will have the             offers you the opportunity to practice and
                     opportunity to gain some experience of work        develop the life skills needed to participate
                     where appropriate. You will have an individual     fully as a member of your community and as
                     adviser learning to support your studies and       a citizen in the wider community.




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                                                                          “I enjoy coming to
                                                                          College and seeing
                                                                          all my friends. We do
                                                                          lots of fun things and
                                                                          the teachers are all
                                                                          really nice.”
                                                                          Ben Moore – Essential Skills Award




You will have an individual learning plan and     About	the	course
develop your IT, literacy and numeracy skills.    We work with our students to produce an
Modules include:                                  individual learning plan to assess their
� Setting up an enterprise activity               strengths and needs and guide them towards
� Information Technology                          the most appropriate vocational path and
� Dealing with problems                           level of study. You will have opportunities
� Improving your learning                         to access further qualifications and work
� Working together                                experience. Literacy and numeracy skills are
� Health and safety                               integrated throughout the programme and
� Educational visits                              students can obtain additional City and Guilds
                                                  qualifications in these while studying the
Further	study                                     course.
You can progress to study on an Entry Level       Modules include:
2 or 3 course. If you successfully complete       � Health and social care
the Entry 3 course you can join a Vocational      � Sport and leisure
Entry 3 programme where you can focus             � Art and media
your career aspirations and train towards         � Hospitality and catering
your chosen career. Options vary from             � Business administration and retail
Hairdressing to Motor Vehicle Care and
Maintenance.                                      Further	study
                                                  On successful completion of the Entry Level
  BTEC	Skills	for		                               2 programme you can progress to further
  Working	Life               E2        E3         study at Level 3 or enter the world of work
                                                  where appropriate. If you have completed
  Course Code:   8676                             Entry Level 3 you can join a Vocational
  Duration:      2 years                          Entry 3 programme where you can focus on
                                                  your career aspirations and train towards
  Location:      Cassio or Dacorum campus
                                                  your chosen career. Options vary from
  Entry:         No formal qualifications         Hairdressing to Motor Vehicle Care and
                 are required, a range of         Maintenance.
                 assessments at interview
                 are required.




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Access to Higher Education
Your route to undergraduate education
The Access to HE Diploma is ideal for students who are returning
to study after a break and have gained life and work experiences
relevant to their chosen study area. The main aim of Access
programmes is to prepare learners from non-traditional
backgrounds for admission to undergraduate study.
Access to Higher Education
Access courses are specially designed to
help you return to the world of learning by
building the skills and confidence necessary
for success in Higher Education and future
career progression.
We particularly welcome applications from
students who may have completed secondary
education some years ago and who may or may
not have formal qualifications. Most pathways
are run over three or four days per week.

Access Diploma entry criteria
The Access to HE Diploma is designed for
students who are returning to study after
a break and now wish to progress to higher
education. There are, therefore, no formal
entry requirements, however students will
be required to demonstrate their ability and
commitment to complete the course in one
year and to be able to show that they have
gained valuable life and work experiences.            “I used to be fearful of using a computer but now I’m
All applicants will be interviewed by a
course leader.                                         using it for what it’s designed for. I’ve gained a lot
                                                       from the Access course it really prepares you for
Pathway options                                        going to university and fits in well with family life. I
General Diploma
                                                       would really recommend it and I can’t believe I’m off
This pathway is for people who do not wish
                                                       to university and have everything in front of me now.”
to specialise or have not achieved specialist          Michelle Heffernan, Access to Science
units from named pathways but have gained
sufficient credits for this diploma. You will study
a wide array of subjects and can progress on to       on to Foundation or BA Honours programmes,
a variety of BA or BSc Honours programmes,            which include business studies, business
which can include psychology, sociology, social       administration, economics, management
policy, criminology, media studies, journalism,       information systems, business finance,
law, humanities, public relations and science         accounting, retail management, law, legal
related subjects.                                     secretaries, company secretary, surveying,
                                                      town planning, politics and local government.
Business Studies
Students develop an understanding of the              Business Studies and IT
operation and environment of business                 For people looking for a career in business or
organisations and will be introduced to the           Information Technology, and those who wish
basic approach, terminology and concepts of           to progress their studies to higher education.
this subject area. You can go on to Foundation        Students go on to Foundation degrees or BA
degrees or BA Honours programmes,                     Honours programmes, which include business
which include business studies, business              studies, business administration, economics,
administration, economics, management                 management information systems, business
information systems, business finance, retail         finance, retail management, accounting and IT
management and accounting.                            related subjects.
Business and Law                                      Computer Studies and ICT
This option is for people looking to                  For people looking to explore Computing and
explore the legal framework and business              its applications in business and intend to take
systems in England. You will develop an               these studies on to a degree or other relevant
understanding of the English Legal System,            qualification. Students generally progress on to
business and management processes                     a Foundation degree or BA Honours in computer
and be introduced to the approach, terminology        studies, computer applications, programming,
and concepts of this subject area. Students go        game design, business and computers.



For more information or to apply call us now on 01923 812345                                             109
Access to Higher Education

Law                                                 radiography, occupational therapy, speech
Develop an understanding of how the English         therapy, sports science, teaching (secondary),
Legal System operates and learn the basic           plus a range of other science and health related
approach, terminology and concepts used in          courses.
this subject area and its related professions.      Social Science
Students generally go on to Foundation degrees
or BA Honours programmes, which may                 Students develop an understanding of
include solicitors, barristers, legal secretaries   psychological and sociological concepts and
and company secretary.                              will be introduced to the basic approach,
                                                    terminology and concepts of this subject area.
Nursing and Midwifery                               Students from this pathway will generally
This pathway is for people looking to enter         go on to BA or BSc Honours programmes,
nursing, midwifery and other similar                which include psychology, sociology, social
professions. In addition students may prefer        policy, criminology, mental health studies,
to follow a non-vocational degree in a health-      counselling, media studies, journalism and
related area. Students from this pathway            public relations.
generally go on to nursing and midwifery            Social Work
programmes.
                                                    For people looking to enter social work,
Science and Health Professions                      probation service and care professions.
Develop an understanding of scientific              In addition students may prefer to follow
principles in biology and chemistry, plus           a non-vocational degree e.g. criminology,
either psychology or physics and can make an        psychology and social science. Learners will
informed decision to pursue further studies.        generally progress on to social work degree
Students will be introduced to the basic            programmes.
approach, terminology and concepts of this          Teaching
subject area. Students from this pathway will
generally go on to Foundation degrees or BSc        For people looking to enter primary teaching.
Honours programmes, which include: applied          In addition students may prefer to follow a non
biology, environmental science, biomedical          vocational degree such as Education Studies.
science, forensics, pharmacy, pharmacology,         Students will generally progress on to teaching
midwifery, physiotherapy, sports therapy,           and education degree programmes.



 Art and Design
 Students participate in a wide array of
 subjects in art and design, gaining theoretical
 and practical knowledge. You will explore a
 broad range of media and processes, from
 painting to 3D design, graphics, animation and
 ceramics. The course also includes field trips
 and gallery visits encouraging debate and
 experimentation within the course.
 On successful completion of the course you
 have the opportunity to continue your studies
 in a range of Honours degrees across the
 country, from fine art and architecture to
 applied arts, set design and fashion.
 Following your application, you will be
 invited for an informal interview and review
 of any available portfolio.
 There are part-time (two days a week) and
 full-time (three days a week) study options
 available. Courses run from 9.30am to
 3.30pm at Watford campus.




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“The tutors have been very flexible and understanding. They have given me
every possible help they can. I hope to go to Middlesex University next year to
study Management and Information Systems.”
Tehmina Beghum – Access to HE Diploma




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Fast-track courses                              Fast-track entry criteria
This pathway is for students who need to        Applicants must have English and
study in the evening and at weekends. You       maths grade C or above at GCSE or
will need to be able to study independently     equivalent level. We welcome learners
and be competent with literacy, numeracy        who may not have achieved formal
and IT. You will study all the core units       qualifications, however due to the
and a variety of subject units from the         fast-track nature of the programme you
programme. Students will generally go on        will be required to achieve a minimum        If you’re thinking
to BA or BSc Honours programmes, which          of level 2 in literacy and numeracy skills
                                                                                             about returning to
include psychology, sociology, social policy,   at assessment. Assessments will be
criminology, media studies, journalism,         conducted at interview.                      education and aren’t
law, humanities and public relations.                                                        sure about whether
                                                                                             Access is right for
Attendance for this Pathway will be two
evenings per week from 5.00pm to 9.30pm,
                                                                                             you why not call us
and two Saturdays per term.                                                                  on 01923 812345 and
                                                                                             arrange to have an
                                                                                             informal chat with
                                                                                             one of our tutors?




For more information or to apply call us now on 01923 812345                                                    111
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Pre-access courses                                       Support and guidance for everyone
Our pre-access course is designed to                     During your first few weeks your personal
ease you back into study and offer you                   tutor will be getting to know you. They will be
a foundation, which can lead to Access                   finding out about your skills and talents and
or similar level courses and on to university.           seeing whether there are any areas where
Pre-access study skills are continual                    you might need extra support. Your tutors will
assessment courses (no exams) on which                   ensure that you have the resources and the
you can track your progress. The course is               guidance to achieve your full potential.
                                                                                                                 If you’re thinking
developed to build skills and confidence                 As a student at West Herts College you will             about returning to
and includes:                                            be able to take full advantage of all College           education and
� Setting short-term and long-term goals
                                                         facilities – including access to learning
                                                         centres on all the campuses, careers and
                                                                                                                 aren’t sure about
� Organising your life for study                                                                                 whether Access is
� Using the Learning Resources Centre
                                                         student support as well as online study
                                                         facilities.                                             right for you why
� Discussion skills
                                                                                                                 not call us on
� Reading skills
� Note taking skills
                                                                                                                 01923 812345 and
� Summary writing
                                                                                                                 arrange to have an
� Comprehension                                              Free Access courses -                               informal chat with
� Essay planning                                             are you eligible?                                   one of our tutors?
� Short academic essay writing
                                                             If you are aged between 19 and under
� Referencing and bibliography
                                                             25 years old, without previous Level
� Project work
                                                             Three qualifications - that is two A
This course will allow you to brush up your                  Levels or equivalent - then tuition on
maths, English and study skills. You will also               these courses may be available to you
be able to sample subjects such as business,                 for free with government support.
information technology, nursing, science,                    If you are unsure about your eligibility
social work and teaching before joining the                  or would like further information
Access programme.                                            about our courses and fees please
Courses run one day per week for 20 weeks                    contact us on 01923 812345.
or two days per week for 10 weeks, from
10am to 3pm at Dacorum campus in
Hemel Hempstead.




Access to HE students at a special end-of-year ceremony to celebrate their achievements throughout the course.




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Apprenticeships and Get On
If you’ve got a good idea of where you want to go with
your career and like the idea of earning while you
learn then an Apprenticeship could be right for you.
We offer Apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects
and in partnership with top local employers,
guaranteeing you quality on-the-job training while
allowing you to develop your skills and gain the
qualifications you need to take your career to the next
level. And you earn a salary while you’re training –
what could be better?
Apprenticeships
Work-based learning

If you are already employed or want to be
employed and wish to gain the skills and
qualifications that will support you and allow
you to progress in your chosen vocation – then
Apprenticeship programmes are designed to
help you. You EARN and LEARN by working
in the real workplace, getting practical
experience, earning a competitive salary and
gaining nationally recognised and up to date
skills and qualifications. An Apprenticeship
qualification is increasingly recognised as an
entry qualification for university.
Apprentices can be any age from 16 to 65.
The programme allows you to gain skills and
qualifications in a variety of occupational areas.
The Apprenticeship programme is free for
students aged 16-18 when they start. For those
aged 19+ employers are asked to contribute to
the costs by paying an annual charge, which
varies for each occupational area.                             The apprenticeship frameworks include the
                                                               requirement of a Technical Certificate, which
At West Herts College, you can gain an                         is the college based theoretical knowledge
Apprentice qualification in the following                      gained on a day release basis. Completion of
vocations:                                                     an NVQ portfolio which is evidence gained from
� Customer Service                                             worked based assessment visits, confirming
� Electrical Installation                                      vocational competence at work. Key Skills
� Hairdressing                                                 which are completed through portfolios and
� Hospitality and Catering                                     external on-line tests. In addition if you follow
� Motor Vehicle Maintenance                                    an Apprenticeship in Electrical Installations
� Plumbing                                                     you are required to complete an AM2 which is a
� Sports and Recreation                                        three day practical off-site test.
Apprentices study for NVQ2, Key Skills and a                   Apprentice Programmes take between 18
Technical Certificate at Level 2.                              and 40 months to complete, depending on the
Advanced Apprentices study for NVQ3, Key                       vocation and level. They are directly related to
Skills and a Technical Certificate at Level 3.                 the learner and their working situation.
Key Skills include Communication, Information                  The delivery consists of a mixture of off-the-job
Technology and Application of Number. They                     training at college, on-the-job training at work,
are intended to give you the skills you need for a             on-site assessment of vocational skills at work
successful working life.                                       and external assessment tests for technical
                                                               certificates and key skills.



                  “I’ve really benefited from the Apprenticeship
                  programme at West Herts College. As I’d
                  already been working for my dad’s firm for
                  two years prior to coming to College I was
                  able to fast-track through the first levels of
the course, so it’s taking me no time at all to train to be a
fully qualified electrician and my dad’s pleased because now
I can help to run his business!”
Adam Irving – City & Guilds Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation




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Get On with West Herts College



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Are you aged between 16 and 18 and not            What do I need to Get On?
currently at school, college or work?
                                                  �   You should be aged between 16 and 18
Do you want to improve your knowledge and
                                                  �   Not at school or college
gain the skills you need to get a job, continue
                                                  �   Not at work or in training
studying or start an Apprenticeship? Then
                                                  �   Have the commitment to improve your
come to West Herts College and Get On a
                                                      knowledge and employment skills
course that’s right for you.
                                                  �   Be committed to moving on to a course,
                                                      work or other opportunity
Why Get On?                                       �   You will spend at least 16 hours per week      If you have any
The Get On programme focuses on three core            at College, gradually increasing to 30 hours   questions or want
areas: vocational development to prepare you          over a course of 19 weeks                      more information
for work and skills to help your personal and                                                        for the courses in
social development.                               How much does it cost to Get On?                   this section, call
The programme offers a variety of                 The course is free and while you are studying
                                                                                                     the work-based
opportunities at College, in the community        you will be eligible to receive Education          learning team on
and in the workplace.                             Maintenance Allowance (EMA). West Herts            01923 812345.
You’ll develop skills including:                  College will also help with travel expenses.
� Interview skills
� Self awareness                                  How do I Get On?
� Self reliance / self sufficiency                Make an appointment with your local
� Healthy living                                  Connexions office to find out if you qualify for
� First aid                                       the Get On programme at West Herts College.
Training is interesting and varied and            If you do, they will contact the College to
tailored to suit your needs – a great mixture     arrange an interview for you. The closest
of classroom based learning, one-to-one           connexions centres are:
sessions, group activities, online study, work
experience and outdoor and community              Connexions One Stop Shop
activities. You’ll also take part in taster       1 Faircross House, 116 The Parade,
sessions to get a feel of other College courses   High Street, Watford WD17 1BD
you may like to go on to study.                   01923 231132
You’ll also get to enjoy work experience with     Connexions
local employers – increasing your confidence      West Herts College, G Block
and giving you real employment skills which       Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1HD
can lead to a permanent job.                      01442 261511




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How to Apply
Take your time to read through the following guidance
notes before completing the application form using black
                                                                                                         Our
ink. If you have any questions or need help completing the                                               details
form please contact the Central Admissions team.                                                         Return your
                                                                                                         application form to:
                                                                                                         Central Admissions
Course title/Course code                            Learning support
                                                                                                         West Herts College
Complete the course title as it appears in this     Do you consider that you have a disability
                                                                                                         Watford campus
prospectus, together with the course code.          or a learning difficulty? If yes, then please
                                                    tick the relevant box so that we may                 Freepost WDB 858
e.g. Course title: Beauty Therapy – National
Diploma Course code: 0680/1                         discuss your needs in confidence and help            Hempstead Road
                                                    wherever possible. Please tick if you have           Watford WD17 3WD
There is no requirement for you to fill in a        any particular interview requirements (e.g.
second choice, only complete this section           ground floor venue, communicator etc).
if you have a second course choice.                                                                      Tel: 01923 812345
                                                    For further information please call our              Fax: 01923 812556
                                                    Learning Support Team on 01923 812007
Date of entry to the UK                             or 01923 812227.
Please complete the “date of Entry to                                                                    admissions@
the UK” if you have lived outside the UK                                                                 westherts.ac.uk
                                                    Employment experience
(holidays don’t count). We’ll be glad to
answer any queries about this – just ring           Please give us brief details of any work or
the Admissions team.                                work experience that you have undertaken,
                                                    this includes any voluntary work.
Educational referee
                                                    Ethnic origin
Details must be completed by all applicants.
We rely on your references to help us judge         This information is used to help us
your suitability for the course. For school         make sure everyone gets equal access
or College students your referees can be            to all opportunities across the College.
your Headteacher, careers officer, course           Information is held in strict confidence.
tutor or Head of Year. For mature students,
your referee needs to be someone who can            Please note
judge your potential to study at this level, for    The information in this prospectus is to
instance an employer. Referees cannot be            advertise and promote our courses. This              Disclaimer
family members or close personal friends.           prospectus is not a legally binding contract.        While every effort
                                                                                                         has been made to
Qualifications
                                                                                                         ensure that the
Please list all academic qualifications,                                                                 information in
including predicted grades or any results
                                                                                                         this prospectus is
you are waiting for.
                                                                                                         correct, the College
                                                                                                         cannot be held
                                                                                                         responsible for any
                                                                                                         errors or omissions.
   Apply early:                                                                                          We reserve the right
   Our courses are very popular and are often over-subscribed. To ensure you get on your                 to make changes to
   chosen course, apply as early as you can. Complete the form and return it as soon as                  the courses and
   possible to the address listed on the side of this page.                                              services we offer
   Alternatively, why not come along to one of our Student Support Centres between 9.30am                without prior notice.
   and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
   The Admissions Service is here to provide initial advice and guidance to help you make
   an informed choice. For more information on courses and how to apply please do not
   hesitate to contact us.




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Full-time courses application form
• Please read the guidance notes before completing the application form
• Applicants should complete this form themselves
• Print/write clearly using black ink and BLOCK CAPITALS or type

Course title                                                                                              Course code
First choice
Second choice

Your details
Last name                                                             First name


Address                                                               Telephone number


                                                                      Mobile


                                                                      Email
                              Postcode
                                                                      Date of entry into UK               Nationality
Gender    Male   Female      Date of birth (DD MM YY) e.g. 25 10 81
                                                                      (Non-EU students only)
                                      /          /                             /         /

Educational referee
Details must be completed by all applicants. (Mature Applicants: Employer or someone who knows you well but not a family member.
School or college students: Form Tutor, Headteacher or senior member of staff.)
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Address                                                                Date attended from (DDMMYY )

                                                                                 /          /

                                                                       to

                                                                                 /          /
                               Postcode


Academic qualifications
Please list (in date order) any exams that you are taking and any results you have already achieved.
Exam/Award Body        Level                   Subject                                       Predicted       Result       Month/year
(e.g. BTEC)            (e.g. Foundation)                                                     result          (if known)   of result




How did you hear about this course?

Newspaper            Magazine                        Cinema                          WHC Website                 Other website
Radio                Bus or bus stop                 Live locally                    Friend/family               Connexions
School careers       WHC visit to School             Careers fair                    College open event          Community event
                     Past or current student         Other (please state)
For more information or to apply call us now on 01923 812345                                                                       117
The college welcomes applications from students with disabilities and learning difficulties. If you consider that you have a disability or
learning difficulty, please tick any of the boxes so that we may discuss your needs in confidence and help wherever possible.
I have a disability and will need support                   English is not my first language and I would like help
I am dyslexic and would like support                        I would like support/have particular requirements for my interview

Why do you want to do this course?




Employment experience (full-time/part-time/work experience/voluntary work)




To help us make sure we are serving the whole community, please tick the box which you believe best describes your ethnic origin.
(We use the same terms as the National Census)
    11 Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi                                              20 Mixed - White and Black African
    12 Asian or Asian British - Indian                                                   21 Mixed - White and Black Caribbean
    13 Asian or Asian British - Pakistani                                                22 Mixed - any other Mixed background
    14 Asian or Asian British - any other Asian background                               23 White - British
    15 Black or Black British - African                                                  24 White - Irish
    16 Black or Black British - Caribbean                                                25 White - any other White background
    17 Black or Black British - any other Black background                               98 Any other - please state
    18 Chinese
    19 Mixed - White and Asian                                                           99 Not known

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL THE RELEVANT SECTIONS TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN PROCESSING
THIS APPLICATION
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The College or its partners may wish to contact you from time to time about courses or learning opportunities.
Please tick here if you are happy for us to contact you

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NB: STUDENTS UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE ON THE 31 AUGUST PRIOR TO THE START OF THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR WILL ONLY BE ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND
WEST HERTS COLLEGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COLLEGE PRINCIPAL AND THE LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITY.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE ANY FURTHER HELP BEFORE MAKING YOUR APPLICATION PLEASE CONTACT US ON 01923 812345

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
We ask all of our students to accept the College’s terms         false information may lead to the cancellation or
and conditions and can give you full details on request.         withdrawal of an offer of a place.                         Please return this form to
The main ones for applicants are:                             � All students agree to abide by the College’s rules and      West Herts College
� We will do our best to run the courses as advertised          regulations, including the Student Code of Conduct.
  in the prospectus. We can only do so if we have
                                                                                                                            Central Admissions
                                                              � Our contract will be made with you as the applicant
  enough students to make the class viable. If we have,         and not any third party. If you are under 18, we will
                                                                                                                            Freepost WDB 858
  in exceptional circumstances, to change or cancel             communicate with your parents or guardian for any           Watford campus
  a course, we will do our best to offer a suitable
  alternative.
                                                                matters which legally require their involvement.            Hempstead Road
                                                              � We do our best to give accurate information about
� We base our decisions on the information you give us          our courses and College facilities. These can change
                                                                                                                            Watford, WD17 3WD
  and will normally ask for references.In addition to any       at short notice and the College does not accept
  published entry requirements, such as exam grades,            responsibility for errors and omissions. We reserve         01923 812345
  we look for suitability for the course, including             the right to make changes without prior notice.
  interest in and commitment to your studies. Giving
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I’ve applied - what happens next?
Once you’ve submitted your application you
can expect a written acknowledgement                    Frequently asked questions
from us followed by an invitation for an
interview – this is an opportunity to discuss
your application and you may be invited to              Q. Is there a closing date for applications?
complete a range of assessments.                        A. No, we accept applications throughout the year.

Assessing your skills and ability                       Q. I’m not sure which course I want to study. Can I apply
                                                          for more than one course?
We will assess your aptitude and ability so
we can measure your suitability for the type            A. Yes, you can apply for two courses. You will get an
of course you have applied for. Depending                  opportunity to discuss any aspects of your course choices
on your circumstances and the level of study               with a tutor at interview and this may help you to make your
you are interested in, these assessments                   final choice. You can also contact us and arrange to speak to a
could include:                                             careers adviser about your options.
� Skillbuilder – a computer-based
   assessment of general ability                        Q. Can I get help completing the application form?
� Assessments of your comprehension,                    A. Yes, you can telephone our admissions team or just drop into
   speaking and listening skills                           one of the One Stop Shop advice centres located on each
� Auditions                                                campus.
� Your relevant industrial experience

In each case we will explain the relevance              Q. Do the vocational courses have the same UCAS
of the assessment and the significance of                  points value as A Levels?
the outcome.                                            A. Yes, the vocational courses have UCAS point values and you
Together with your application form, these                 will be eligible to apply for university in the same way. We
assessments form a complete picture of your                suggest you take a look at the tariff points calculator on the
skills and aptitude. They are a guideline and              UCAS website.
are devised to ensure you are placed on the
correct level course and have the best chance           Q. I’ve indicated that I may need some support with
of success.                                                my learning. What happens next?
                                                        A. The college is proud to support everyone. You will be
Progressing to higher levels of study                      contacted by our student support teams. They will assess
The opportunity to progress to a higher level              your needs to ensure you have the appropriate support from
of study when you complete your course                     the start of your course.
is encouraged, but is dependent on your
performance while studying with us. It is not           Q. Will there be an opportunity for me to look around
automatic as at all times we seek to ensure                the facilities and meet the tutors?
you are on the course and level of study that
suits you best.                                         A. Yes, we would like to invite you to attend one of our open
                                                           events during November or February and March. You will be
                                                           able to look at all the facilities and get a feel for college life.
Childcare and Social work – CRB                            All the details are listed on page 5.
(Criminal Records Bureau) check
If your studies feature contact with vulnerable         Q. What will happen at the interview?
members of society – such as children, the              A. This is an opportunity for you to chat to a tutor about the
elderly or people with disabilities – you will             course, and if needed, show them your portfolio or do an
be required to possess a satisfactory CRB                  audition.
(Criminal Records Bureau) certificate. You
will be asked to submit a CRB form for                  Q. How will I know if have been offered a place?
checking. CRB clearance will enable you to
attend work placements where vulnerable                 A. Once you have been interviewed we will make you an offer for
people live or work – and it will be shown to              a place. This may be conditional on the entry requirements for
your placement supervisor before you start                 the course.
on placement. This process will be explained
to you in full at interview. If you are concerned
about the results, please speak in confidence
to a member of College staff.




For more information or to apply call us now on 01923 812345                                                                119
Fair Treatment and Support For All
Why a whole page on equality? Because              Duties. The Scheme and Action Plan is available
West Herts College takes equality and diversity    on our website but if you would like a copy of
very seriously. It’s not where you come from,      the Scheme or the following policies, please
but where you are going that is important          contact Gwyneth Lawson, Executive Assistant
while you study with us. The College welcomes      on 01923 812199.
students and staff from all backgrounds and        � Equality and Diversity Policy
communities, and we guarantee that you will        � Race Equality Policy
be treated fairly while you are here. We have      � Disability Policy
zero tolerance of discrimination, harassment or    � Harassment and Bullying Policy
bullying of any kind.
                                                   The diversity of our students and staff is one
If you believe you have been discriminated         of our great strengths. We have students from
against in any way you can use the College         fifteen ethnic backgrounds.
complaints procedure to get a quick and just
settlement. Your complaint will be taken           This is something we are very proud of. It
seriously and dealt with fairly.                   contributes to the buzz and ethos of the college
                                                   which we hope gives you the environment you
The College is here to help you achieve your       need to enjoy learning and to do well.
ambitions. We want you to aim high and do well.
We do not want anything to stand in your way.      No opportunity is off limits to anyone able to
So, we provide a wide range of support for those   benefit from it. If you are a woman wanting to
who need it – and most of us do need support       learn to be a car mechanic, a man keen to be
of one kind or another. For example, if you have   a nursery nurse, a deaf person wanting to be
Dyslexia, if you have difficulty with maths, if    a teacher, or a pensioner wanting to become a
you are hearing impaired, in a wheelchair, sight   computer whiz, West Herts College will help
impaired, or need to improve your English,         you get there. That’s what equality is about.
we will provide you with the support you need      This is a college where everyone is welcomed
to make sure you can progress. No fuss, no         and valued. Together we are a vibrant learning
problem. It’s your entitlement.                    community. We guarantee fairness, access
We have developed a Single Equality Scheme         and support so that you are left free to work
that describes how we ensure that all members      hard and succeed. That is a great learning
of the College are treated fairly. The Scheme      partnership – welcome to West Herts College.
incorporates the Disability, Race and Gender



Fair Processing Notice                             The LSC is a co-financing organisation and
                                                   uses European Social Funds from the European
The College will process the information you
                                                   Union to directly or indirectly part-finance
have provided on the booking form under the
                                                   learning activities, helping develop employment
terms of the Data Protection Act (1998) and only
                                                   by promoting employability, business spirit and
in connection with your studies, your health and
                                                   equal opportunities, and investing in human
safety at College and for any College extra-
                                                   resources. Further information about partner
curricular activities. The information you have
                                                   organisations and what they do can be found at
provided will be passed to the Learning and
                                                   www.lsc.gov.uk/partners
Skills Council (LSC).
                                                   At no time will your personal information be
The LSC is responsible for funding and planning
                                                   passed to organisations for marketing or sales
education and training for young people and
                                                   purposes. From time to time learners are
adults in England, and is registered under the
                                                   approached to take part in surveys by mail and
Data Protection Act (1998). The information you
                                                   phone, which are aimed at enabling the LSC
provide will be shared with other organisations
                                                   and its partners to improve quality, monitor
for the purposes of administration, careers
                                                   performance, and plan future provision.
and other guidance, and statistical and
research purposes.                                 The College will take steps where possible to
                                                   keep your information up to date but requires
Other organisations with which we will
                                                   your assistance and co-operation to meet this
share information include the Department of
                                                   obligation. Please keep us informed of any
Education and Skills, Connexions, the Higher
                                                   changes to your personal data.
Education Statistics Department, the Higher
Education Funding Council for England,             If you would like further information contact:
educational institutions and organisations         Chris Pearson
performing research and statistical work on        Director of Marketing and Communications
behalf of the LSC or its partners.                 West Herts College, Watford campus,
                                                   Hempstead Road, Watford, Herts, WD17 3EZ



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                                                                    Hair &
                                                                    Beauty Salons
                                                                                                         at West Herts College

                                                                   Hair stylists and beauty therapists of the future are waiting to indulge your
                                                                   every need at West Herts College. Treat your hair to the colour and style
                                                                   you always wanted at The Academy hair salon and pamper your skin
                                                                   with a luxurious treatment at our excellent Beauty Clinic. Our students are
                                                                   supervised by lecturers with years of professional experience and while it
                                                                   may take a little longer than normal, it will be well worth waiting for!

                                                                   Cut and blow dry                        Facials
                                                                   from £7.75                              from £10.00
                                                                   Trims                                   Manicures
                                                                   from £4.00                              from £6.50
                                                                   Highlights                              Thalgo Spa Therapies
                                                                   full head foils from £23.00             from £14.00

                                                                   Monday and Friday           9.30am - 5.00pm
                                                                   Tuesday to Thursday         9.30am - 9.00pm
                                                                   *Saturday                   9.30am - 1.30pm        *Beauty Clinic closed 12.00pm

                                                                   Many other treatments are available so why not pick up a price list on
                                                                   your next visit or call us for more information:

                                                                  Beauty 01923 812465                  Hairdressing 01923 812270




Cassio’s
 Enjoy the delights prepared by the chefs of the future
                                                                                                                            Cassio’s
                                                                                                                                                 2 go
 as they train and develop their skills.                                                                                     Your lunchtime
  At Cassio’s you have a mouth-watering selection of excellent
                                                                                                                             takeaway service
  food to choose from, ranging from contemporary combinations                                                                No time to stop?
  to traditional favourites. Open during term time, menus change                                                             Why not pop into
  regularly and popular theme nights include Tantalising Thai,                                                               our restaurant at
  Pasta Perfect and Indian Supper.
                                                                                                                             lunch time to grab
                                                                                                                             a quick, healthy
   Opening times
                                                                                                                             take-away meal.
   Monday           12.00pm    -   1.30pm                                                                                    Perfect if you’re in
   Tuesday          12.00pm    -   1.30pm and 6.30pm - 9.30pm
                                                                                                                             a hurry and want
   Wednesday        6.30pm     -   9.30pm
   Thursday         12.00pm    -   1.30pm and 6.30pm - 9.30pm                                                                a wholesome, tasty
   Friday           12.00pm    -   1.00pm*                                                                                   lunch at great value
   Last Orders for Lunch are 12.30pm
                                                                                                                             for money.
   Last Orders for Dinner are 7.00pm
   *Take-away service only
                                                                                                                              Cassio’s
  For reservations call       01923 812464                                                                                     restaurant



Please note that all information and prices stated are general and correct at the time of publication. These facilities are open during term time only.
The information may change at any time, please contact the College for updated opening times and prices.
We’re here for you –
on the phone and online
01923 812345
www.westherts.ac.uk
admissions@westherts.ac.uk

				
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