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Darlington College Full Time Student Guide
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Welcome
... to Darlington College and the start             Of course, it’s not all about studying – you’ll feel a
                                                    real part of college life, enjoying a wide range of
of what promises to be an incredibly                activities and making new friends along the way.
exciting journey for you.
                                                    We’re committed to helping you get the most out of
We provide a huge variety of courses to suit the    your time at the college, so I really look forward to
ambitions of every single student, whether you’re   welcoming you here soon.
hoping to go on to university or enter the world
of work.
Our experienced members of staff and
state-of-the-art facilities are here to ensure      Principal and Chief Executive
you achieve your goals in one of the
finest learning environments.




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     Contents
       General information                                           Course information
       03 Welcome                 14   14-19 Diplomas                21   Pathways                  36 Sports Development
       05 School’s out forever    16   Apprenticeships               22   Construction              38 Public Services
       05 Darlington College is   18   Getting involved              24   Engineering               40 Hotel, Hospitality
          the place for you       20   Higher education              26   Motor Vehicle                and Catering
       06 Come and check us out   50   It’s easy to apply            28   Business Administration   42 Childcare
       08 Student support         52   Questions, questions          30   Computing                 44 Health and Social Care
       10 Money matters           55   College application form      32   Hairdressing              46 Art and Design
       12 Which level is right    57   Darlington College Policy     34   Beauty Therapy            48 Journalism and Media
          for you?




     Our Vision
     Excellence in Learning and Skills

     Our Mission
     To provide high quality education and training which is inclusive
     and meets the needs and demands of learners and the economy

     Our Values
     • We value the delivery of outstanding service
     • We value people committed to learner success
     • We value an environment which promotes equality,
       diversity and safety



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School’s out forever...
...so what now? It’s one of the most important questions you’ll ever ask yourself
and finding the answer can be pretty daunting stuff.

Working out what you’ll do when you leave school is a   make that decision, that’s where this guide comes in.
big decision to make, with what probably seems like a   Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the
mind-boggling number of options available.              many courses and facilities we offer, as well as an
We want to give you all the information you need to     insight into how you can get the most out of college life.




Darlington College is the
place for you...
                                                                                             You’re responsible for managing your own
                                                                                             time and you can benefit from the
By coming to Darlington                                                                      expertise of our staff and the quality of
                                                                                             our facilities are guaranteed to help you go
College, you’re leaving                                                                      a long way in life.
school life behind – and                                                                     You will have the support of the best
                                                                                             professional tutors in the business, a team
joining a place where                                                                        of Student Advisers and other staff who’ll
                                                                                             be right behind you.
you’ll be treated as                                                                         So, if you’re eyeing up your dream job or
an adult.                                                                                    wanting to go on to university, Darlington
                                                                                             College is the place to help achieve your
                                                                                             ambitions.




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     Come
     and
     check
     us out>
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If you’re leaving school and want to know more about us, what
better way is there than to call in and take a look for yourself ?
The college hosts a series of events for pupils in years 10 and 11,
demonstrating many of the skills our students learn during their time
here and giving you the chance to talk things over with our tutors.



Darlington College                    Darlington College
Exhibitions                           Open Day
Autumn Exhibition:                    For a good look at the very latest
Thursday 27th November 2008,          facilities the college has to offer,
5.30pm – 7pm                          come along to our Open Day on
Spring Exhibition:                    Saturday 24th January 2009,
Wednesday 25th March 2009,            10am – 1pm. There will
5.30pm – 7pm                          be opportunities to take guided
These exhibitions are open            tours of the college.
to year 11 pupils. You will be able
to visit the college and speak to     Connecting to
programme specialists and view        College
the college facilities.
                                      Do you want to experience
Summer Exhibition:                    college life for yourself? Then
Thursday 7th May 2009,                come along to our “Connecting
10am – 4pm                            to College” event in June 2009.
This all day exhibition is open to    You will have the opportunity to
year 10 and 11 pupils. As well as     meet fellow students and tutors
an opportunity to meet with tutors    as well as taking part in tasters
and enjoy our students’ display of    of your chosen course.
work. This event includes a
fashion show at 7pm.




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     “I’ll be
     there
     for
     you...”
         ...it’s not just the theme tune to a popular American sitcom,
         it’s also a motto Darlington College adopts in helping
         students through this important time.




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Our dedicated members of staff are               Student Support Advisers                   Counselling
here to help you whenever you feel
you need it.                                     Sporting their red tops, you’ll always     We recognise that personal, private
                                                 see members of our specialist team of      issues – those you may find difficult to
There are a many ways that                       Student Support Advisers around the        talk about can have a bearing on your time
the college gives you invaluable                 campus.                                    with us. As a result, the college’s student
support.                                                                                    counselling service provides one-to-one
                                                 They’re committed to helping you stay
                                                                                            confidential sessions with a trained
                                                 on track with your work and giving you
                                                                                            counsellor.
Induction                                        any extra support you may need.

This takes place in your first week and          If you’re having difficulties at home or   Additional Learner Support
ensures that you’re clued-up about the           college and could do with someone to
                                                                                            Our Additional Learning Support team
exciting times ahead.                            chat to, these are the people who can
                                                                                            offers a range of specialist help for dyslexic
                                                 listen and guide you in the right way.
You will get full details about your course                                                 students, those with disabilities and learning
and the facilities the college offers,                                                      difficulties. To find out more, please contact
including all aspects of student support.                                                   the team on (01325) 503190 or email
                                                                                            als@darlington.ac.uk
Careers Guidance Advisers
                                                                                            Contacting your parents
We all need a little expert advice from time                                                or guardians
to time – our Careers Guidance Advisers
are here to help you. They have all the                                                     If you’re under 19 at the start of your course,
information you need about moving up to                                                     parents or guardians are kept informed of
higher education; they have the dates                                                       your progress and attendance. They will get
of those all-important university open                                                      a report from us at least once a year and
days; they run workshops to help you                                                        have the chance to meet your tutors at our
complete your application forms and                                                         twice-yearly parents’ evenings.
personal statements.
                                                                                            Keeping you safe
If you want to roll your sleeves up and get
stuck straight into the world of work our                                                   Your safety is always at the very top of our
Careers Guidance Advisers have a huge                                                       agenda. The college has a child protection
range of careers information and a careers                                                  policy that is rigorously enforced and all
library. They’ll help you out with those vital                                              matters relating to it are of the utmost
job-searching tasks like tackling application                                               importance to us.
forms and producing an eye-catching CV.
Drop-in sessions and appointments
available most days of the week too, call:
(01325) 503040 for an appointment.
Alternatively, email
guidanceservices@darlington.ac.uk




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     Money
     matters>
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...especially when you’re a little strapped for it.
You may need some financial support to help
you study at the college – and there are plenty
of options available.


Course fees                                     Learner Support Fund                        Travel
All full time courses are free to anyone        The costs of studying can soon mount up.    The college is not responsible for your
aged under 19 on 31st August of the             From equipment and travel to books,         travel arrangements. To apply for a bus
calendar year in which the course               there’s often something to put your hand    pass, contact your local authority for an
begins. If you are over 19, there may           in your pocket for. But help may be at      application form. If you’re not able to claim
be financial help available to you –            hand through the Learner Support Fund –     travel, we will look into whether the college
contact our Customer Services Team              contact our Student Finance Team on         can help out. For more details, contact our
on (01325) 503030 for more details.             (01325) 503037 to find out more.            Student Finance Team on (01325) 503037.

Education Maintenance                           Care to Learn
Allowance                                       This is a national scheme offering help
This is a weekly payment worth between          with childcare costs to anyone aged under
£10 and £30 that’s paid directly to you. It’s   20 when they start their course. It will
available to anyone aged under 19,              cover up to £160 per child, per week.
starting college in September 2009 on a         To apply, telephone 0800 121 8989 or
course of 12 hours or more per week.            log onto www.direct.gov.uk and type in
Throughout the year, there are bonuses          ‘care to learn’ in the search box.
paid out if you remain on your course and
your attendance is good. For more details,
or to apply, visit www.direct.gov.uk/ema
or call
0800 121 8989.




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     Which level is
     right for you?
     Employers and educational institutions like universities, measure your
     qualifications in terms of levels. This will compare the range of routes
     available to you and what level of qualification you will achieve.




          The levels explained
          Entry Level: Entry Level courses are for beginners      Level 3: Advanced level courses prepare you for
          and are designed to assist you in gaining basic         employment and higher education. The range of
          knowledge and skills.                                   activities you complete will be more difficult, varied
          Level 1: Foundation level courses are designed to       and demanding than lower levels.
          allow you to gain basic knowledge of jobs, business     Level 4+: Higher education courses include a
          and industry and are the first steps to gaining a       variety of complex, technical, specialised and
          vocational qualification.                               professional activities.
          Level 2: Intermediate level courses include a diverse
          range of work activities and allow you to take more
          responsibility for your own studies.




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                               Entry Level                                         Level 1: Foundation Level
                               Qualifications:                                     Qualifications:
                               Vocational Access Certificates                      BTEC Introductory
                               BTEC/CACHE                                          Certificates/Diplomas
                               Entry Level Programmes                              CACHE Foundation Awards
                               Entry Requirements:                                 City and Guilds Progression Awards
                               No formal requirements but you                      NVQ Level 1
                               must be committed to learning                       Entry Requirements:
                               in a college environment                            2 GCSE’s at grade D-G or
                                                                                   Entry Level qualification




                                            Level 3: Advanced Level
                                            Qualifications:                Level 4: Higher Education
                                            BTEC National                  Qualifications:
Level 2: Intermediate Level                 Awards/Certificates/Diplomas   Higher National Certificate (HNC)
                                            CACHE Diplomas                 Foundation Degrees
Qualifications:                             NVQ Level 3                    Degrees (BA, B Ed)
BTEC First Certificates/Diplomas
                                            Entry Requirements:            Postgraduate Diplomas
CACHE Certificates
                                            4 GCSE’s at grade A-C or       NVQ Level 4+
NVQ Level 2
                                            Level 2 qualification          Entry Requirements:
Entry Requirements:
                                                                           Mature students with appropriate
4 GCSE’s at grade D-G or                                                   work experience
Level 1 qualification
                                                                           or BTEC National
                                                                           or relevant Advanced Level 3
                                                                           qualification Eg. 2 A Levels




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 14-19
     Diplomas
     Introducing a brand
     new qualification,
     available to 14-19
     year olds.




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The Diploma is an exciting new qualification you can study alongside GCSEs
and other qualifications. It is focused on subjects and skills that are relevant to
both the world of work and further study so you can keep your options open.
Employers have been involved with how the courses have been developed,
so you can be confident that by taking a diploma you will be developing skills
that will be useful to you in the future.


Key Features                          Diplomas should be                         What does a diploma
All diplomas will provide you with:   available in Darlington                    course involve?
A combination of the essential
                                      from September 2009                        • Principal learning that is specific to the
knowledge and skills that                                                          particular diploma you choose to study.
employers and universities            Engineering
                                                                                 • Generic learning including functional
look for:                             IT                                           skills in English, Maths and ICT as well
                                                                                   as personal learning and thinking skills.
Opportunities to experience           Creative and Media                           You will also complete a project and a
different styles of learning in                                                    minimum of 10 days work experience in
different environments such as        Hospitality                                  an area related to your diploma course.
schools, college and the
                                      There are 3 levels of diploma available:   • Additional / specialist learning which
workplace, with an emphasis                                                        offers you the opportunity to study
on practical activities and an        Level 1 equivalent to 5 GCSE                 a particular topic in more
integrated curriculum:                grades D to G                                detail or broaden your
                                                                                   studies through
Opportunities to experience           Level 2 equivalent to 7 GCSE
                                      grades A* to C                               complementary
work in one of the UK’s main                                                       learning such
employment sectors:                   Level 3 equivalent to 3 A levels             as GCSEs.
Flexibility and choice with options   + 1 AS level
to pursue your interests, whether
this is further study or a job:
A high-quality qualification that
will be valued by industry and        For more information on The Diploma contact Angela Shaw,
higher education.                     Assistant Director of Learning on 01325 503110.




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     Become An
     Apprentice...
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...earn as you learn.
Apprenticeships offer an increasingly popular way for people to get
into the profession of their choice, with plenty of on-the-job training.
Darlington College has excellent links with major employers in
a host of different sectors – all of whom want to help with your
training – and gives you the chance to work with our own
industry-standard equipment.
And as if learning from the best, boosting your teamwork and
communication skills, and gaining a nationally-recognised qualification
at the same time wasn’t enough, you’ll be paid for your work too.
Throughout your apprenticeship, college staff will pay regular visits
to review your progress and answer any queries you may have.



    We offer apprenticeships in:
    Construction                                     Engineering + Motor Vehicle                Hotel, Hospitality and Catering
    • Plastering Level 2 and 3                       • Food Manufacture (new for 2009)          • Professional Cookery (Preparation
    • Trowel Occupations Level 2 and 3               • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair             and Cooking) Level 2
    • Wood Occupations Level 2 and 3                   Level 2 and 3                            • Professional Cookery in Patisserie
                                                     • Vehicle Body and Paint Operations          and Confectionery Level 3
    • Plumbing Technical Certificate
      Level 2 and 3                                    Level 2 and 3                            • Professional Cookery Level 2 and 3
                                                     • 2800 Certificate in Engineering
    Hairdressing                                       (Fabrication and Welding)                Sports and Uniformed Services
    • Hairdressing Level 2                             Level 2 and 3                            • Active Leisure and Learning Level 2
                                                     • National Certificate in Operations and     and 3
    • Hairdressing Level 3 (new for 2009)
                                                       Maintenance Engineering
                                                                                                Business and Computing
    Childcare                                        • National Certificate in Manufacturing
                                                       Engineering                              • IT Services and Development
    • Childcare Level 2                                                                           Level 2 and 3
                                                     • Electrotechnical Level 2 and 3
    Health and Social Care
    • Health and Social Care Level 2 and 3



If you are interested in an apprenticeship and would like to know more, call 01325 503282



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     Get stuck in...
                                 ...and you’ll
                                 get a lot out
                                 of it.


                                 We want students to
                                 feel part of college
                                 life and have their say
                                 on important issues.
                                 There are several
                                 ways you can get
                                 involved >




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Learner Voice Groups                              Enrichment                                   V Project (formerly
These are regular sessions where the              Coming to college isn’t just about           Millennium Volunteers)
college’s Principal and other senior              attending your lessons and then going        Giving up your time to benefit other
managers get to hear your views on                home – there’s a whole world of activities   people is one of the most challenging
college life. Various issues are addressed        we offer that can help broaden your          and rewarding of experiences.
at these meetings and all student feedback        experience and boost your studies at
is taken into account, as the college aims        the same time.                               The V Project is aimed at people aged
to make your time here even more                                                               16 to 24 who are passionate and creative
enjoyable and rewarding.                          Duke of Edinburgh                            enough to make a real difference in their
                                                                                               community. If you think that’s you, log onto
                                                  Award Scheme                                 to www.vinspired.com and register via
Student representatives
                                                  A voluntary programme for people aged        our local ‘vinvolved’ team.
Students elected to these positions have          14 to 25, this high-profile scheme is
vital roles to play. Tasked with giving           popular throughout the country in
students’ views directly to staff, they are       providing an array of challenges to help
involved in making decisions designed to          your personal development.
maintain and improve the quality of our           By taking part, you can gain an award that
courses. Representatives are also part of         will not only show how much you’ve
influential groups, such as the Student           developed, it’ll look good on your CV too.
Council (see below), and appear on behalf
of the college at events such as exhibitions      For further details visit www.dofe.org
and parents’ evenings.

Student Association and
Student Council
The Student Council works hard to
improve the college experience for you, from
arranging social events to sporting occasions
and visits.
Made up of student representatives, it meets
monthly to provide an exciting programme of
activities, as well as consider important
issues affecting you.
The Student Association is affiliated to
the National Union of Students (NUS).
The NUS Extra Card is an exclusive student
discount card, available for £10, and carries a
wide range of discounts, both online
www.nusonline.co.uk and on the High Street.




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     I want
     to go
     further... ...without moving
                              away from Darlington.

                              Passport Scheme                   Foundation Degrees
                              This University of Teesside       Our full and part time
     Together with the        initiative encourages college     Foundation Degree courses are,
                              students to go on to higher       quite literally, just the job. We’ve
     University of Teesside   education, giving them a          developed them alongside
     we offer a range of      fascinating insight into what’s   employers and industry
     Foundation Degrees       involved. As well as sampling     professionals – the people who
                              university life, Passport         know exactly what they want
     and higher education     students receive certificates     from a potential job candidate.
     courses that mean you    and can enter special awards      For further information, contact
     can move on, yet stay    schemes – all of which looks      our Customer Services Team on
                              hugely impressive to the
     right where you are.     university admissions tutors
                                                                (01325) 503030 to get a copy of
                                                                our higher education
                              you’ll really want to impress.    prospectus. Alternatively, log
                                                                onto www.darlington.ac.uk




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                                                          Entry Level
Pathways                                                  Duration: 1-2 years
                                                          Entry requirements: No formal qualifications needed to get on to
                                                          this course.
                                                          About the course: This is a BTEC course. You will study for entry
Career opportunities                                      level qualifications whilst improving your literacy and numeracy skills.
                                                          Subject to availability, you can choose from a range of vocational
Pathways is a full time course for those who are not      options – hair and beauty, catering, health and social care, metal craft
ready or are able to begin a Level 1 vocational course.   or horticulture for one or two sessions a week. The course can be
Throughout this course support is available appropriate   adapted to meet the needs of individuals. You will be taught
                                                          in small groups with additional support. You may spend one year on
to individual needs.
                                                          this course then transfer on to your chosen Level 1 vocational course,
                                                          whilst some may benefit from staying on the course for two years.
                                                          This will provide you with options to experience other vocational
Why study Pathways                                        areas and will increase independence. The college works closely
                                                          with a large number of outside agencies to ensure a smooth
at Darlington College?                                    transition from school to college life and from Pathways to chosen
                                                          careers. You will also get a taste of what it’s really like in the world
• Teaching at a pace that suits you.                      of work by participating in work experience.

• If you are not ready to move on to                      Further study: This course prepares you for a Level 1 course.
  the next level then you can stay
  on for another year.
• A large range of courses to
  choose from.




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                                                                                Level 1 – Entry Level
     Construction                                                              CITB/City and Guilds Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
                                                                               CITB/City and Guilds Diploma in Plastering
                                                                               CITB/City and Guilds Diploma in Bricklaying

     Career opportunities                                                       Duration: 1 year
     Architect • Surveyor • Site Manager                                        Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required but a
                                                                                school report and an interview at the college are required. You will
     There are a wide range of careers in this industry from
                                                                                need to have a good standard of written English and you will be
     architecture or surveying to carpentry, joinery and                        required to pass a skills test.
     plumbing. If you have an eye for detail and enjoy learning
     and developing a broad range of skills, then a career in                   About the course:
     the construction industry may be right for you.                            Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
                                                                                You must be enthusiastic about carpentry and joinery and be
                                                                                adaptable to learn various skills. Topics include being able to hold
                                                                                and put resources away safely, putting up scaffolding, portable power
     Why study Construction at                                                  tools, being able to repair hand tools, basic joinery, wood machines,
                                                                                technical drawing and health and safety. This interesting course is a
     Darlington College?                                                        practical experience which is led through tutor sessions, practical
                                                                                workshops, group work and tutorials.
     • You will learn in one of the largest construction
                                                                                Diploma in Plastering
       departments in the region.
                                                                                You must be hard working and willing to learn about the skills required
     • Darlington College has strong links with the                             in this craft. You will learn through practical and workshop sessions.
       Construction Industry Training Board and the Chartered                   Topics include; safe working practices, building methods and
                                                                                construction technology, prepare background surfaces and plaster
       Institute of Building as well as excellent relationships
                                                                                materials, produce items from moulds and many more.
       with local and national building companies.
                                                                                Diploma in Bricklaying
     • Study in fully equipped carpentry workshops, brickwork
                                                                                Topics you will learn to develop this practical craft include; being able
       areas and plumbing and plastering workshops.                             to hold and put resources away safely, contribute to work relationships
                                                                                and providing work platforms, prepare materials and items for use and
                                                                                health and safety. You will be taught through a range of tutor led


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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level                                                 Level 3 – Advanced Level
 CITB/City and Guilds Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery                        BTEC National Diploma in Construction
 CITB/City and Guilds Diploma in Plastering                                   BTEC National Diploma in Civil Engineering
 CITB/City and Guilds Diploma in Bricklaying
                                                                              Duration: 2 years
 CITB/City and Guilds Technical Certificate in Plumbing
                                                                              Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, a school report
 Duration: 1 year                                                             and an interview at the college.
                                                                              Alternatively a Level 2 in the relevant qualification and an interview
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D or above including
                                                                              at the college.
 maths and English, a school report and an interview at the college.
 You will also be required to pass a skills test.                             About the course:
 Alternatively a Level 1 in the relevant qualification and an interview       National Diploma in Construction
 at the college.
                                                                              If you want to pursue a career in the building industry then this
 About the course:                                                            practical course will help you gain the skills and qualification needed.
 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery                                             Topics include; health, safety and welfare, construction and the
                                                                              environment, graphical detailing, measuring, tendering and estimating,
 This course will give you practical knowledge and experience and             building surveying, building regulations, environmental science,
 is ideal if you are interested in working with wood. Topics include;
                                                                              construction technology, ICT, CAD and applied maths.
 manufacturing of basic joinery items, fixing locks, door hanging, fixing
 skirting and architrave, stud partitioning and linings, setting out joints   National Diploma in Civil Engineering
 and trusses, tool skills and maintenance and health and safety.
                                                                              This course introduces you to the Civil Engineering area of the
 Diploma in Plastering                                                        construction industry, offering an insight to the options that you could
 Giving you practical knowledge of industry standard skills, this course      consider in the future. Topics include; health, safety and welfare in
 is ideal if you are enthusiastic about plastering. Topics include; safe      construction and the built environment, construction technology
 working practices, building methods, how to prepare and apply plaster        and design in construction and civil engineering, built environment,
 materials to surfaces, how to fix dry lining and plasterboard products to    planning, organisation and control of resources, surveying and
 interiors, how to form sand and cement screeds, how to apply plaster         much more.
 and much more.                                                               Further study: You can progress to a range of courses such as CIOB
 Diploma in Bricklaying                                                       Certificate/Diploma in Site Management or a NVQ Level 3 or 4 in Site
                                                                              Supervision/Management.
 This course is ideal if you enjoy working in a hands-on environment
 and learning practical skills. You will learn how to calculate materials,
 loading and uploading materials, preparing materials for mixing,
 and health and safety.                                                       Level 4+ – Higher Education
 Technical Certificate in Plumbing
                                                                              The college offers CIOB Certificate/Diploma in Site Management.
 This course is the first step on the ladder to becoming a plumber.
 Topics include; key principles (science of water), system knowledge
 (hot/cold water and drainage systems), working with plastic pipes and
 fitting, heating systems, building studies and practical training, health
                                                                              Apprenticeship
 and safety, soldering, jointing and hand bending copper tube. You will
 spend time in the plumbing workshop for practical sessions and there         Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice in construction you will
 will also be theory sessions throughout the course.                          spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in
                                                                              college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in
 Further study: You can progress on to a Level 3 course or as an              various construction areas at level 2 or level 3. For more details on
 apprentice in the relevant area.                                             apprenticeships see pages 16-17.




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                                                                                 Level 2 – Intermediate Level
     Engineering                                                                 Performing Engineering Operations in
                                                                                 Fabrication and Welding

                                                                                 Duration: 1 year
                                                                                 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D-G including English
     Career opportunities                                                        and maths, a school report and an interview at the college.
     Electrician • Technician                                                    About the course: This is a practical work-related course in which you
     • Aeronautical Engineer                                                     will study a variety of units. Your learning will be practical sessions,
                                                                                 tutor led demonstrations and mini projects. This course will give you
     Engineering needs creative people, organisers and those                     a good foundation for a future career on an apprenticeship.
     who are good working with others. With an engineering                       Further study: BTEC National Certificate in Engineering
     qualification you could pursue a career in a wide range                     (mechanical, electrical, electronics) or alternatively an apprenticeship
     of industries. These include; local authorities, the armed                  in engineering.
     forces, manufacturers in all industries, research and
     development companies, IT companies and public utilities.
     With relevant skills and experience, you could specialise                   Level 2 – Intermediate Level
     in project management, research and development or
     consultancy work.                                                           Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology VRQ 1

                                                                                 Duration: 1 year
     Why study Engineering at                                                    Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D-G including English
                                                                                 and maths, a school report and an interview at the college.
     Darlington College?                                                         About the course: You will learn through practical sessions,
     • You will benefit from state-of-the-art specialist                         developing the skills required to solve problems. Topics include;
                                                                                 electrical installation science, technology and practice, electronics
       engineering facilities.
                                                                                 technology and practice.
     • The college has dedicated electronics and                                 Further study: BTEC National Certificate in Engineering
       telecommunication suites.                                                 (mechanical, electrical, electronics) or alternatively an apprenticeship
                                                                                 in engineering.
     • Teaching by industry professionals – you’ll benefit
       from their extensive knowledge.


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 Level 3 – Advanced Level                                                      Level 3 – Advanced Level
 BTEC National Certificate in Engineering                                      City and Guilds/OCR Electrical Installation
 (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics)
                                                                               Duration: 1 year
 Duration: 2 years                                                             Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English,
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and         maths and a science/technology based subject, a school report and
 maths at high level paper, a school report and an interview at the college.   an interview at the college.

 Alternatively Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 and an interview      Alternatively a City and Guilds Certificate in Electrotechnical
 at the college.                                                               Technology Level 2 and an interview at the college.

 About the course: You can study either the National Certificate in            About the course: This practical course will give you the advanced
 Mechanical Engineering with PEO Level 2, or the National Certificate          knowledge and skills to turn your interests into reality. The course
 in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with PEO Level 2. You will          is split into 3 units. Unit 1 is assessed on-line using GOLA. Units 2
 also study a range of subjects including; maths, science, electrical          and 3 are more practically based units which are both assessed
 applications, engineering drawing and CAD, mechanical technology              within the college.
 and engineering materials.                                                    Further study: You can become self employed or go into employment
 Further study: You can go into employment as an Engineering Technician        in the industry with this qualification. Alternatively you may want
 which includes the armed forces. Alternatively, you can go onto an            to study for a Foundation Degree in Engineering Design, which we
 apprenticeship in Engineering. Or you can progress further in education       offer in partnership with the University of Teesside.
 and study for a Foundation Degree in a relevant Engineering area.

                                                                               Level 4+ - Higher Education Level
                                                                               You can progress onto a degree course, including a
                                                                               Foundation Degree in Engineering Design (mechanical or electronic)
                                                                               which are in partnership with the University of Teesside.


                                                                               Apprenticeship
                                                                               Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice engineer you will
                                                                               spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in
                                                                               college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship
                                                                               in engineering at levels 2 and 3. For more details on apprenticeships
                                                                               see pages 16-17.




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                                                                            Level 1 – Entry Level
     Motor Vehicle                                                          City and Guilds VRQ Certificate in Vehicle Paint Operations
                                                                            City and Guilds VRQ Automotive Vehicle Maintenance
                                                                            and Repair

     Career opportunities                                                   Duration: 1 year

     Technician • Body Repairer • Paint Sprayer                             Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required, a school
                                                                            report and an interview at the college. You will need to have a good
     Motor vehicle technicians service and repair cars, vans,               standard of written English and a skills test.
     motorbikes and larger vehicles such as lorries and                     About the course:
     coaches. They are trained to work on all areas of vehicle              Certificate in Vehicle Paint Operations
     mechanics and electrics, from the engine and exhaust
                                                                            This course will prepare you for the basics of vehicle paint spraying
     systems to the air-conditioning and security features.                 and body repair processes. Topics include; general body repair
     You could specialise in light vehicles (cars and vans),                processes, body preparation methods, vehicle construction, vehicle
     motorbikes, or heavy vehicles such as trucks, buses                    valeting, health and safety. You will learn through practical workshops
     and construction machinery.                                            and classroom based sessions.
                                                                            Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
                                                                            You will learn a variety of skills which include the introduction to
     Why study Motor Vehicle at                                             vehicle technology and workshop methods and processes. Topics
                                                                            include; contribute to good housekeeping, ensure your own actions
     Darlington College?                                                    reduce the risk to health and safety, maintain positive working
                                                                            relations, carry out routine vehicle maintenance and much more.
     • You will benefit from state-of-the-art motor
       vehicle resources.                                                   Further study: A Level 2 qualification in a relevant area or
                                                                            an apprenticeship.
     • Gain invaluable practical experience in our automated
       vehicle spray booth and vehicle workshops.
     • Opportunity to specialise in your preferred area
       of interest.


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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level                                             Level 3 – Advanced Level
 City and Guilds VRQ Certificate in Vehicle Paint Operations              City and Guilds VRQ Certificate in
 City and Guilds VRQ Automotive Vehicle Maintenance                       Vehicle Paint Operations
 and Repair
                                                                          Duration: 1 year
 Duration: 1 year                                                         Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, a school report
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D or above including maths          and an interview at the college.
 and English, a school report and an interview at the college.            Alternatively a Level 2 in the relevant qualification and an interview
 Alternatively a Level 1 in the relevant qualification and an interview   at the college.
 at the college.                                                          About the course: This course will train you in all aspects of vehicle
 About the course:                                                        paint spraying and the body repair processes to prepare you for a
                                                                          career in the motor vehicle industry, with your learning taking place in
 Certificate in Vehicle Paint Operations                                  our purpose built workshops. This course consists of both workshop
 This course will give you the skills for vehicle paint spraying and      and classroom sessions which are aimed at developing your practical
 body repair processes. You will learn through practical workshops        skills and knowledge in vehicle refinishing and body repair.
 and classroom based sessions. Topics include; health and safety in
 vehicle bodyshop, body preparation methods, preparation and              Further study: You can progress on to employment in the motor
 application of foundation materials and topcoats, repair minor vehicle   vehicle industry with this qualification. Alternatively you may wish to
 paint defects and portfolio building.                                    study for a higher qualification such as a Foundation Degree in
                                                                          Engineering Design which is offered at the college in partnership with
 Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Repair                                the University of Teesside.
 If you are interested in working with vehicles and want to learn
 through practical experience, this may be just the course for you.
 Topics include health and safety, maintain positive working relations,   Level 4+ - Higher Education Level
 carry out routine vehicle maintenance, remove and refit engine units
 and components, remove and refit chassis units and vehicle valeting.     Foundation Degree in Engineering Design.
 Further study: A Level 3 qualification in a relevant area or
 an apprenticeship.
                                                                          Apprenticeship
                                                                          Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice in motor vehicle you
                                                                          will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in
                                                                          college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in
                                                                          motor vehicle at level 2 or level 3. For more details on apprenticeships
                                                                          see pages 16-17.




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     Business
     Administration
     Career opportunities
     Administration Assistant • Office Manager
     • Accountant
     Business related qualifications apply to just about every
     industry. A Business Administration qualification will
     give you a core foundation to progress in the working
     world. The employment opportunities are far-reaching
     and exciting.



     Why study Business Administration
     at Darlington College?
     • The college has excellent links with local employers,
       assisting you with your work placement.
     • The college has excellent in-house facilities, giving you
       the practical hands-on experience needed to progress
       in your chosen career.
     • Teaching by industry trained tutors – you will benefit
       from their extensive knowledge.

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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level
 Administration NVQ Level 2

 Duration: 1 year
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D or above including maths
 and English, a school report and an interview at the college.
 About the course: This course covers an extensive range of office
 and IT skills to equip you to work in a variety of industries. You will
 develop skills in word processing, information technology,
 communications and application of number. You will have the
 opportunity to develop your skills by undertaking a work placement
 and building a portfolio.
 Further study: With a Level 2 qualification, you will have access to
 a variety of further education opportunities.




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     Computing
     Career opportunities
     IT Programmer • Software Tester
     • IT Manager
     Almost every area of work requires computing specialists.
     The courses here at the college prepare you for a broad
     range of careers in the IT world including programming,
     networking, systems analysis, digital applications,
     www technologies.



     Why study Computing
     at Darlington College?
     • You will learn in well equipped computer suites with
       all the latest technology.
     • The projects which you will be given are focused
       on real work situations.
     • You will also get to know how to use software
       applications and other topics relating to computing
       and the technical language used.



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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level                                              Level 3 – Advanced Level
 BTEC First Diploma for IT Practitioners                                   BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners –
 Hardware or Software                                                      Software Development
                                                                           BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners –
 Duration: 1 year                                                          Systems Support
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs grade D-E including maths and
 English, a school report, an interview at the college.                    Duration: 2 years
 About the course: You will study a variety of topics which will include   Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including
 the introduction to IT and computer systems. There will be further        maths and English, a school report and an interview at the college.
 options available covering financial modelling, web development and       Alternatively a BTEC First Diploma for IT Practitioners and an interview
 business applications. This course is based on completing projects        at the college.
 and assignments that are focused on realistic workplace situations
 and activities.                                                           About the course: You will be using up-to-date modern equipment and
                                                                           software and will learn how businesses use IT through studying three
 Further study: BTEC National Diploma in IT Practitioners.                 strands of computing;
                                                                           ICT – e-commerce, computerised business systems, website
                                                                           management and development, computer graphics and animation.
                                                                           Software – using designing and constructive software based computer
                                                                           systems including implementing database management systems,
                                                                           customising applications software packages, programming and
                                                                           games development.
                                                                           Technical support and networking – operating, maintaining, monitoring
                                                                           and servicing computers including network administration and support,
                                                                           technical and user support.
                                                                           Further study: Foundation Degree in Computing (networking)
                                                                           or relevant Degree.


                                                                           Level 4+ – Higher Education
                                                                           Foundation Degree in Computing (networking) which is offered in
                                                                           partnership with the University of Teesside.



                                                                           Apprenticeship
                                                                           Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice in computing you will
                                                                           spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in
                                                                           college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in
                                                                           various computing and IT areas at level 2 or level 3. For more details
                                                                           on apprenticeships see pages 16-17.




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     Hairdressing
     Career opportunities
     Freelance Hairdresser • Barber
     • Salon Manager
     If you have an eye for detail and creative flair then
     hairdressing is for you. There are many career
     opportunities in this industry. Whether you want to work in
     a salon or be a freelance hairdresser, then our courses
     can help you achieve your goal.



     Why study Hairdressing at
     Darlington College?
     • You will get the opportunity to work in our fully equipped
       working hair salon.
     • Hairdressing tutors have worked extensively as
       professional hairdressers in the industry and can give
       you all the knowledge and support you will need.
     • You will learn different hair styling techniques
       throughout the course which you will perform on clients.



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 Level 1 – Foundation Level                                              Apprenticeship
 Hairdressing NVQ Level 1                                                Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice hairdresser you
                                                                         will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week
                                                                         in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship
 Duration: 1 year
                                                                         in hairdressing at level 2. For more details on apprenticeships see
 Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required, a school     pages 16-17.
 report and an interview at the college.
 About the course: Using up to date resources you will be assessed
 working in the salon following various techniques, including;
 shampooing and conditioning, perming and colouring and reception
 duties. You will also learn about health and safety in the salons.
 There are no formal exams but you will be continually assessed
 on practical work and written evidence for theory through
 module activities.
 Further study: Hairdressing NVQ Level 2.


 Level 2 – Intermediate Level
 Hairdressing NVQ Level 2

 Duration: 1 year
 Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required, a school
 report and an interview at the college.
 About the course: You will advise and consult with clients, learn how
 to style, dress and finish hair using basic techniques, cutting hair
 using basic techniques, hair colouring, perming and reception duties.
 You will learn about other aspects of hairdressing and also duties
 relating to working in salons. Throughout this course you will have
 practical assessments that are carried out in the salon. You will
 also be expected to produce written assignment evidence for your
 theory work.
 Further study: Hairdressing NVQ Level 3 (Part time).




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     Beauty Therapy
     Career opportunities
     Beauty Therapist • Masseuse
     • Beauty Consultants
     Beauty therapy offers a range of career options.
     Opportunities include working in beauty salons, health
     spas, complimentary therapy, working abroad and on
     cruise liners. You could even set up your own business!



     Why study Beauty Therapy
     at Darlington College?
     • You will learn in a professional commercial salon with
       all the latest treatments available.
     • Beauty tutors have worked extensively as professional
       Beauty Therapists in the industry and can give you all
       the knowledge and support you will need.
     • Additional beauty short courses will also be offered
       throughout the Level 3 course.




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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level
 Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2

 Duration: 1 year
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade E or above, a school report and
 an interview at the college.
 About the course: You will learn a variety of techniques which
 include; improving and maintaining facial skin conditions, hair
 removal and waxing techniques, manicure and pedicure treatments,
 providing make-up treatment and enhancing eyebrows and lashes.
 Further study: Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 3.


 Level 3 – Advanced Level
 Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 3

 Duration: 1 year
 Entry requirements: Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2 and an interview
 at the college.
 About the course: You will learn many new techniques such as head
 and body massage, face, skin and body condition treatments using
 electro-therapy, treating clients using pre-blended aromatherapy oils
 for massage and epilating the hair follicle using various methods.
 You will also be given the opportunity to take additional courses such
 as Nail Technology and self tanning.
 Further study: Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapies
 or a Degree in Business and Management. These can be studied
 at the University of Teesside.




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     Sports
     Development
     Career opportunities
     Sports Coach • Fitness Instructor
     • Sports Therapist
     If you have a passion for sport and exercise then a career
     in sport may be for you. We have a wide range of courses
     on offer which can lead to many opportunities in the
     sporting industry, including; sports coaching, teaching,
     fitness instructors and sports therapists.



     Why study Sports Development
     at Darlington College?
     • You will get the opportunity to gain additional
       qualifications alongside the main qualification.
     • You will get the chance to work with experienced tutors
       who have worked in the sports industry themselves.
     • We have a state-of-the-art purpose built Sports Centre.



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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level                                              Level 3 – Advanced Level – Continued
 BTEC First Diploma in Sport                                               National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Sciences
                                                                           This course will prepare you with a sport science skills-base which
 Duration: 1 year                                                          will help you if you want to go into sports coaching or PE teaching.
                                                                           This course will cover sports therapy, sports injuries, exercise
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D-G including English,               physiology, anatomy for sport and exercise, practical sport
 a school report and an interview at the college.                          performance, sports psychology and biomechanics. In addition to
 Alternatively a Level 1 qualification and an interview at the college.    the main course you will also study for an additional qualification in
                                                                           FA Treatments of Injuries and sports first aid.
 About the course: The course has a good balance of theory and
 practical application. This course will prepare you for the sports        National Certificate in Outdoor Adventure
 industry by giving you skills in; leadership, practical sport and         This course provides a good mix of practical and theory based work
 sporting injuries as well as learning about health and safety. You will   and is ideal for those wishing to go into outdoor adventure, uniform
 also be given the opportunity to gain additional qualifications which     or public services. You will get to go out in the countryside and study
 include first aid and coaching awards.                                    sport in society, the reflective practitioner, health and safety in sport,
 Further study: BTEC National Certificate in Sport with a specialism       land based and water based outdoor skills, expedition skills,
 of your choice.                                                           alternative pursuits and much more. In addition to the main
                                                                           qualification you will get the opportunity to study for British Canoe
                                                                           Union, and Sports Leaders UK Instructor Awards and the possibility
                                                                           to progress further.
 Level 3 – Advanced Level
                                                                           Further study: There are a variety of opportunities to progress on to
                                                                           higher qualifications, such as Degrees and Foundation Degrees.
 BTEC National Certificate in Sport                                        Alternatively, you may wish to pursue employment in a range of areas
 (Development, Coaching and Fitness)                                       including; health and fitness clubs, sports centres, sports therapists,
                                                                           nutrionists, HM Armed Forces and much more.
 BTEC National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Sciences
 BTEC National Certificate in Outdoor Adventure                            Apprenticeship
 Duration: 2 years                                                         Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice you will spend most of
                                                                           your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English,        qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in Active Leisure and
 a school report and an interview at the college.                          Learning. For more details on apprenticeships see pages 16-17.
 Alternatively a Level 2 qualification, at merit or above, in relevant
 subjects and an interview at the college.
 About the course:
 National Certificate in Sport (development, coaching and fitness)
 This course will provide you with a sports studies background in
 preparation for a career in the sport and recreation industry. You will
 learn about sports in society, health and safety in sport, body in
 action, sports coaching, exercise health and lifestyle, training and
 fitness and much more.




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     Public Services
     Career opportunities
     Police Force • Fire Service • Prison Service
     Our courses are perfect if you want to work in a uniformed
     service. These qualifications will enhance your chance of
     selection to the uniformed services, but does not
     guarantee entry. Other career opportunities include;
     Armed Services, Army, Navy, RAF and Royal Marines.



     Why study Public Services at
     Darlington College?
     • You be taught by tutors who have worked in public
       services and they will give you the knowledge you
       need to succeed.
     • The college has excellent links with the Armed Forces,
       Fire Service and the Police.
     • Residential visits are offered as part of these courses.
       As part of your Public Services course you will study 2
       days a week at our Catterick Campus.




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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level
 BTEC First Diploma in Public Services

 Duration: 1 year
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D-G including English,
 a school report and an interview at the college.
 Alternatively a relevant Level 1 qualification and an interview at
 the college.
 About the course: This course will prepare you for a career in a variety
 of uniformed services such as the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service,
 Ambulance Service, Prison Service and Customs and Excise.
 Throughout this course you will increase your knowledge of the services
 through various projects. These will include; public service skills, public
 service fitness, public service sport and recreation and much more. You
 may also take additional subjects which will include fitness and nutrition
 courses, community sports leadership award and coaching awards.
 Further study: BTEC National Certificate in Public Services.


 Level 3 – Advanced Level
 BTEC National Certificate in Public Services

 Duration: 2 years
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English,
 a school report and an interview at the college.
 Alternatively a Level 2 qualification at merit level or above and an
 interview at the college.
 About the course: This course will give you the knowledge and skills
 necessary to develop a future career in the public services. You will
 study topics including; understanding the public sector, law and the
 legal system, leadership, outdoor pursuits, expedition and much
 more. You will attend practical and theory based sessions as well as
 some outdoor residential courses.
 Further study: Successful completion of this course will enable you
 to study at degree level on courses that are relevant to careers in
 the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service, Nursing, Law, Management
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                                                                                Level 1 – Foundation Level
     Hotel, Hospitality                                                        Hospitality (Food, Preparation and Cooking) NVQ Level 1

     and Catering                                                               Duration: 1 year
                                                                                Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required,
                                                                                however GCSEs at grade D-G are preferred, a school report
                                                                                and an interview at the college.
                                                                                About the course: This course will give you opportunities to prepare
     Career opportunities                                                       and serve food to our customers. In our production kitchens
     Chef • Restaurant Manager                                                  you will prepare fish, meat, poultry, salads and sandwiches.
                                                                                This course is based upon the study of NVQ Level 1 Hospitality
     • Kitchen Assistant                                                        (Food Preparation and Cooking). It may include units of a food
                                                                                service qualification to support your main learning aim. Although
     If you are aiming to be the next Gordon Ramsay or                          you will need to study theory, the course is very hands-on with
     Jamie Oliver, then we can help you achieve your dream.                     emphasis on practical achievements and competence in kitchen
     There are exciting career opportunities available in                       and restaurant work.
     hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars at varying levels
                                                                                Further study: After successful completion of Level 1, you
     and disciplines.                                                           may progress onto a Level 2 course in Professional Cookery
                                                                                (Preparation and Cooking) or Food Processing and Cooking.

     Why study Hotel, Hospitality and
                                                                                Level 1 – Foundation Level
     Catering at Darlington College?
                                                                               Diploma in Professional Cookery
     • You will work in our state-of-the-art kitchens, fully
       operational restaurant and food court.
                                                                                Duration: 1 year
     • You will study in a college which has an excellent                       Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, a school report and
       national reputation for the quality and success of                       an interview at the college.
       its courses.
                                                                                About the course: This course will give you an understanding of the
     • You will be able to enhance your main qualification with                 Catering and Hospitality industry. You will gain the essential knowledge
       additional health and safety and food safety courses.                    required for a good grounding in the industry. Topics include; food
                                                                                safety in catering, introduction to healthier foods and special diets,

                  Success Stor y…
                                                                                introduction to kitchen equipment, cold food preparation and

                 Matty Stephenson
                                                                                much more.
                                         a for mer skills+ caterin              Further study: After successful completion of this course, you may
                 who then progressed                              g student,
                                        on to a NVQ Level 3 in                  progress on to the Level 2 Diploma or appropriate Level 2 qualification.
                 has become one of the                           Catering,
                                          college’s top catering
                 As a result, Matty has                           students.
                                        been snapped up by the
                Navy and will learn to                             Royal
                                        cook on board a ship for
                year tour of duty. Matty                           a four
                                         said: “At college you are
                treated much more like
                                         an
                environment and the tuto adult, it’s a quieter
                                          rs are great”.



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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level                                                Level 2 – Intermediate Level – continued
 Diploma in Professional Cookery                                             Food Processing and Cooking
                                                                             This course will require you to prepare, cook and serve a range of food
 Duration: 1 year                                                            specialising in pastry and bakery covering, hot and cold desserts, cakes
                                                                             and other bakery products. You will be required to package food for
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, a school report and        delivery and provide a dessert service to our customers.
 an interview at the college.
                                                                             Further study: These courses will give you progression on to a
 Alternatively successful completion of a Level 1 qualification and an       Level 3 course specialising in Patisserie and Confectionery or Kitchen
 interview at the college.                                                   and Larder.
 About the course: This course will broaden your understanding of the
 Catering and Hospitality industry. It enables you to gain a high level of
 practical skills. Topics include; kitchen operations, costs and menu        Level 3 – Advanced Level
 planning, preparing meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, applying various
 workplace skills and health and safety.                                     Professional Cookery (flexible route) NVQ Level 3
 Further study: After successful completion of this course, you may
 progress on to a NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery.                       Duration: 1 year
                                                                             Entry requirements: Successful completion of a Level 2
                                                                             qualification, and an interview at the college. We may request
 Level 2 – Intermediate Level                                                previous tutor reports.
                                                                             About the course: This is a practical course which will give you the
 Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking)                              choice of Kitchen and Larder or Patisserie and Confectionery. You
 NVQ Level 2                                                                 will gain work experience from working in our kitchens. You will
                                                                             prepare and cook a variety of complex meat and fish dishes,
 Food Processing and Cooking NVQ Level 2                                     vegetables, soups, sauces, or specialist pastries and desserts.
 Duration: 1 year                                                            Further study: Upon successful completion of the Level 3 course,
                                                                             you may progress on to a Foundation Degree in Hospitality
 Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required, a school         Management or Culinary Arts.
 report and an interview at the college.
 Alternatively a Level 1 qualification in catering and an interview
 at the college.                                                             Level 4 + – Higher Education
 About the course:
                                                                             Foundation Degrees are offered in partnership with the
 Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking)                              University of Teesside.
 This course is very traditional and you will prepare, cook and serve a
 range of foods such as fish, poultry and meat dishes, soups and
 sauces, as well as preparing and cooking healthy food dishes. You will      Apprenticeship
 also be able to enhance your studies with additional qualifications. You
 will also be introduced to Patisserie and Confectionery skills.
                                                                             Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice you will spend most of
                                                                             your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your
                                                                             qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in hospitality and catering
                                                                             at level 2 or level 3. For more details on apprenticeships see pages 16-17.




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                                                                          Level 1 – Foundation level
     Childcare                                                           CACHE Foundation Award in Caring for Children

                                                                          Duration: 1 year
                                                                          Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs at grade E or above, two references
     Career opportunities                                                 from people who are not related to you, a school report, an interview
                                                                          at the college and a CRB Police Check.
     Childcare Assistants • Teaching Assistants
                                                                          About the course: You will learn about working with children and
     • Childcare Development Officers                                     cover all aspects of the development and education
                                                                          of children from birth. The course includes; learning, play, human
     If you have a caring and practical nature when being                 growth and development.
     with children and young people, a childcare course at
     Darlington College could be for you. Working as an early             Further study: With a merit or distinction grade at Level 1 you
                                                                          can progress on to a Level 2 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and
     years or childcare professional involves working with
                                                                          Education or BTEC First Diploma in Health and Social Care.
     children and young people.

                                                                          Level 2 – Intermediate Level
     Why study Childcare
                                                                         CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education
     at Darlington College?
                                                                          Duration: 1 year
     • You will be taught by vocationally trained and
       experienced tutors.                                                Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs at grade D or above and 1 at grade C
                                                                          or above, good literacy, numeracy and IT Skills, two references from
     • You will develop knowledge and skills which                        people who are not related to you, a school report, an interview at
       allow you to progress on to higher level                           the college and a CRB Police Check.
       childcare courses.                                                 Alternatively a Level 1 in Childcare or Health and Social Care at merit
                                                                          level or above and an interview at the college.
     • You will get the opportunity to receive hands-on,
       practical experience through work experience                       About the course: You will study all aspects of the development and
       placements.                                                        education of children from birth up to 16 years old to develop your
                                                                          knowledge and experience of working with children. The course
                                                                          includes both academic and practical study and the opportunity to


               Success Stor y…
                                                                          carry out a work placement. Topics include; development of the child,
                                                                          working with young children, social and emotional development,

                Caitlin Simpson stu
                                                                   a
                                        died the National Diplom ,        working with babies 0-1 years and more.
                                          ning all the relevant grades
                in Early Years. After gai                                 Further study: You will need to achieve a merit or distinction in the
                                           wanted to fur ther her
                Caitlin decided that she                                  Level 2 qualification and then you may progress on to a Level 3 in
                                        universities. Caitlin is
                 studies and applied to                                   Childcare or Health and Social Care.
                                          ng Primary Education at
                 now successfully studyi
                 the University of Cumbria.




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 Level 3 – Advanced Level                                                       Level 3 – Advanced Level
 CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education                               National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning
                                                                                and Development
 Duration: 2 years
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English,             Duration: 2 years
 maths and preferably science, two references from people who are not           Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English,
 related to you, a school report, an interview at the college and a CRB         maths and preferably science, two references from people who are
 Police Check.                                                                  not related to you, a school report, an interview at the college and a
 Alternatively a Level 2 qualification in Childcare or Health and Social Care   CRB Police Check.
 at merit level or above and an interview at the college.                       Alternatively a Level 2 qualification in Childcare or Health and Social
 About the course: You will develop skills in a range of childcare modules      Care at merit level or above and an interview at the college.
 including; working with children, 0-16 years development, caring for           About the course: You will gain an in-depth insight into working with
 children, play and learning, supporting children. The course consists of       young children 0-16 years and practical experience of childcare
 workshops, seminars, individual learning as well as a work placement.          settings. The course includes; promoting children’s development,
 This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.                                       positive relationships, children’s play, learning activities, safeguarding
 Further study: Upon successful completion of a Level 3 you may                 children and promoting children’s rights. This course is equivalent to 3
 progress on to a Degree in Early Years Education. Or alternatively you         A Levels with additional UCAS tariff points awarded for reflecting and
 may access other full time higher education courses.                           developing practice.
                                                                                Further study: Upon successful completion of a Level 3 you may
                                                                                progress on to a Degree in Early Years Education. Or alternatively
                                                                                you may access other full time higher education courses.


                                                                                Level 4+ – Higher Education
                                                                                Foundation Degree in Early Years (Sector Endorsed) offered in
                                                                                partnership with the University of Teesside.


                                                                                Apprenticeship
                                                                                Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice in childcare you will
                                                                                spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college
                                                                                to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in childcare
                                                                                at level 2. For more details on apprenticeships see pages 16-17.




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     Health and
     Social Care
     Career opportunities
     Social Worker • Home Care Assistants
     • Nursing
     A career in care can be varied, ranging from social work
     and nursing to community based careers. With a Health
     and Social Care qualification, career opportunities are
     possible in many care environments, including; hospitals,
     day centres and residential homes.



     Why study Health and Social Care
     at Darlington College?
     • Career-focused courses with a practical approach
       to learning – gain the skills you need to prepare
       you for the future.
     • You will benefit from the excellent links the
       college has with employers in the care industry,
       through work placements.
     • Your tutors are vocationally trained and
       industry experienced.


                   Success Story
                                …
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                                       ccessfully complet
                   in Health and So                          ed her First Diplo
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 Level 1 – Foundation Level                                                  Level 3 – Advanced Level
 Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care                              National Diploma in Health and Social Care

 Duration: 1 year                                                            Duration: 2 years
 Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs at grade E or above, adequate                   Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including,
 writing skills, two references from people who are not related to you,      English and maths and preferably science, two references from
 a school report, an interview at the college and a CRB Police Check.        people who are not related to you, a school report, an interview
                                                                             at the college and a CRB Police Check.
 About the course: This course allows you to learn practical caring
 skills, creative play for children, investigating health and social care,   Alternatively a Level 2 in Childcare or Health and Social Care at merit
 preparing to care for babies, taking part in health promotion activities    level or above and an interview at the college.
 and much more.                                                              About the course: This course offers a wide range of health and
 Further study: With a merit or distinction grade at Level 1 you can         social care topics with a mixture of health and safety, public health,
 progress on to a Level 2 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and                     nutrition, supporting and protecting vulnerable adults. Classes are
 Education, or BTEC First Diploma in Health and Social Care.                 a mixture of tutor led sessions, workshops, group work and
                                                                             guest speakers.
                                                                             Further study: You can progress into employment in registered care
 Level 2 – Intermediate Level                                                homes, hospitals and Primary Care Trusts and in the field of housing
                                                                             and community work. Alternatively progress to higher education for
 First Diploma in Health and Social Care                                     Health, Nursing or Social Care courses.

 Duration: 1 year
                                                                             Apprenticeship
 Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs at grade D or above and 1 at grade C
 or above, good literacy, numeracy and IT skills are essential, two          Keen to earn while you learn, as an apprentice in Health and Social
 references from people who are not related to you, a school report,         Care you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one
 an interview at the college and a CRB Police Check.                         day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an
 Alternatively a Level 1 in Childcare or Health and Social Care at           apprenticeship in health and social care. For more details on
 merit level or above and an interview at the college.                       apprenticeships see pages 16-17.

 About the course: This course will give you an overview of the
 Health and Social Care industry including; human lifespan
 development, health and social care services, impact of diet on
 health and much more.
 Further study: Progression on to a Level 3 course in Childcare or
 Health and Social Care.




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     Art and Design
     Career opportunities
     Fashion Designer • Interior Designer
     • Photographer
     Art and Design may lead you to many career areas
     according to your specialism. Our courses will develop
     your skills in a range of specialist areas including; fine art,
     graphic/multimedia, photography and fashion textiles.



     Why study Art and Design
     at Darlington College?
     • You will be working in our large fully equipped
       industry standard studios.
     • Opportunities to publicly showcase your work
       at our end of year exhibition.
     • You get the opportunity to progress into your
       specialised areas.




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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level
 BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design

 Duration: 1 year
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D-G with Art and Design,
 a school report and an interview at the college.
 About the course: This is a Level 2 course and is for you if you wish
 to develop your skills across a number of subjects in Art and Design.
 Including; graphics, photography, 3D design, fashion, textiles,
 multimedia and digital photography. Your studies will be broad based
 and will allow you to progress on to other Art and Design qualification.
 Further study: BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design
 (with specialism).


 Level 3 – Advanced Level
 BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design
 (with specialism)

 Duration: 2 years
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above with Art and
 Design, maths and English, a school report and an interview at the
 college. You will be required to bring a portfolio of work which shows
 your ability and interest in the subject.
 Alternatively a Level 2 qualification in Art and Design.
 About the course: This course will help you to develop a broad range
 of skills within Art and Design. Topics include; photography, fashion,
 graphics and visual studies. Depending upon your interest you will
 get the opportunity to specialise in fashion and textiles, graphic
 design, multimedia or fine art.
 Further study: You can progress to higher education in a range
 of disciplines depending upon your specialism, such as a
 Foundation Degree in Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design or
 Digital Media. Also depending on your final grades progress on
 to a Honours Degree.




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     Journalism
     and Media
     Career opportunities
     Freelance Journalist • Production Assistant
     • Filmmaker
     Have you ever fancied a career in television? Do you want
     to learn how to make documentaries, read the news, be a
     video journalist or direct television drama? Media courses
     at Darlington College give you a great insight in to how the
     media operates and how it influences our lives.



     Why study Journalism and Media
     at Darlington College?
     • You will study in the hi-tech digital TV recording studio,
       digital radio studios and extensive editing workstations.
     • Your tutors are former industry trained professionals.
     • Opportunity to work on live projects with
       outside companies.


                     Success Stor y…
                    Jonathan Boulton
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                    Image student got hoo                             dia Moving
                                             ked with his passion of
                    his new found skills of                           angling and
                                             the world of production
                    editing. Jonathan has                             and
                                            been able to produce ins
                    videos which has seen                             tructional
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                   and also run his film pro                        y
                                              duction business at
                   the same time.




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 Level 2 – Intermediate Level                                              Level 3 – Advanced Level
 BTEC First Diploma in Media                                               BTEC National Diploma in Media Production
                                                                           – Interactive Media
 Duration: 1 year
                                                                           BTEC National Diploma in Media Production
 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, a school report and
 an interview at the college.
                                                                           – Television and Film
 About the course: This course is an introduction to the media industry.
                                                                           Duration: 2 years
 The course covers a variety of techniques, including; understanding
 the media, video production, audio production, photography, web           Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade C or above preferably with
 design, research for media production and media skills development.       English and maths, a school report and an interview at the college.
 Further study: BTEC National Diploma in Media Production –                Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma in Media (plus key skills) at
 either Interactive Media or Television and Film.                          Pass level for both Interactive Media and Television and Film,
                                                                           and an interview at the college.
                                                                           About the course:
                                                                           Interactive Media
                                                                           The aim of this course is to provide you with a solid foundation in new
                                                                           media software and technology. The course is structured to
                                                                           encourage the development of the skills required by the new media
                                                                           industry. In this course you will learn web authoring, web animation,
                                                                           digital graphics, stop motion animation production, video production
                                                                           for interactive media, sound in interactive media, 3D modelling, 3D
                                                                           animation, 3D environments, photography and photographic practice.
                                                                           Television and Film
                                                                           This course is based on realistic work-place situations and you will
                                                                           learn through a mix of demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and live
                                                                           briefs. You will be working on realistic ‘live’ work place projects, you
                                                                           will learn through various briefs with topics including; understanding
                                                                           the media, research techniques, media skills, production management,
                                                                           video technology, single camera drama.
                                                                           Further study: Foundation Degree in appropriate subject area or
                                                                           employment at a junior level in relevant industry.


                                                                           Level 4+ – Higher Education
                                                                           Foundation Degrees are offered in partnership with the
                                                                           University of Teesside




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     It’s Easy                                                  Fill in a college
                                                               application form
                                                   You can apply to Darlington College any time



     to Apply
                                                  and by filling out our application form shows us
                                                     that you are interested. There is a college
                                                 application form at the back of this guide, fill it out
                                                 and simply post it back to Admissions, Darlington
                                                       College, Central Park, Haughton Road,
                                                        Darlington, DL1 1DR. Or go online to
                                                    www.darlington.ac.uk and complete and
                                                                 send it electronically.




           Choose your course
       Choose your course. Unsure? Come
       along and speak to a college Careers                                College
          Guidance Adviser by making an                                   interview
          appointment on 01325 503040.
        You can also pop in to see them at                         Once we have received an
          one of the exhibitions. For more                   application form from you, you will be
            information on courses visit                     invited in for an interview with a tutor.
               www.darlington.ac.uk                         This will give you the opportunity to talk
                                                            about the course in more detail and ask
                                                            any questions you may need answering
                                                              and take any relevant assessments.
                                                               Your parents can come along too!




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               Offer of a place
            After you have had an interview
          here, you will receive an offer of a
        place. You may find that the letter may
      suggest an alternative course rather than              Connecting
     the one you applied for, to ensure that you              to college
       are on the correct course level. In many
            cases applicants may receive a             This is Darlington College’s one
         conditional offer depending upon the        day bridging event and will be held
           entry requirements. Complete the         in June 2009. This event will provide
              acceptance form and return              you with an opportunity to speak
                it to the college as soon                 to your course tutor, meet
                        as possible.                     other prospective students
                                                             and to get a taste of
                                                                 college life.




               Enrolment onto
                 the course                        Please note that due to high
     You will enrol onto your chosen course at
                                                   demand for courses you may need
     our College Starts Here event. This is a 2    to get your application form in as
     day enrolment event which will be held on     early as you can. Don’t leave it
    Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August 2009.     until the last minute.
    You will be sent details of how and when to
      enrol during the first week of August, or
     alternative times if you can’t make these.    Popular courses include:
      You must attend one of these events to       Construction, Plumbing,
         officially enrol and this will secure     Motor Vehicle, Hairdressing,
              your place on the course.            Beauty Therapy
               Remember to bring your
                     exam results.




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     Questions,
     questions...
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                         What if I don’t get the GCSEs                  Will there be support in college
                         I need to do the course I want?                if I need it?
...we understand that    Don’t worry. Once you get your results,        When you complete your application form,
you’ll probably have     come along to our full time enrolment event    simply tick the box that lets us know you’d
                         in August and we’ll try to work out the best   like support during your studies. If you don’t
plenty of them. Here’s   route for you to take. There is a wide range   need support before you start your course,
                         of courses to choose from, so if you applied   but find that you would like it over time,
the answers to a few     for a level three course and don’t get the     we can still help. See page 9.
                         GCSEs you need, you can simply study the
that may already be      Level 2 course and apply for the next level    If I choose to do a vocational
                         up in a year’s time.
on your mind.>                                                          course, can I still get into
                         Do I get paid for coming                       university with the qualification?
                         to college?                                    Yes. Some vocational qualifications are
                                                                        the same equivalent as A-Levels and can
                         Depending on your personal circumstances,      get you into higher education. Darlington
                         you could be eligible for an Education         College offers you a route into higher
                         Maintenance Allowance (EMA), giving you        education through our Foundation Degrees,
                         up to £30 a week, plus bonuses for good        in partnership with the University of Teesside.
                         attendance and progression throughout the
                         year. You must apply for an EMA before you
                         start college. For more information, or to
                         apply, log onto www.direct.gov.uk/ema
                         or call 0800 121 8989.

                         Do I have to be in college
                         every day?
                         That depends on your course timetable.
                         Most full time courses are between 16 to 20
                         hours a week, which could be spread over
                         three or four days.




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Darlington College has limited parking on site and
tries to encourage staff and students to use other
                                                        Have you thought about
forms of transport.                                     how you will travel to
Walk                                                    the College yet?
The College is a 20-minute walk from the centre of
town and the railway station. Darlington Walking
maps are available showing walking times for
other landmarks in the town all within a 35 minute
walk of the College.

Cycle
friendly form of transport ever invented and using

The College has great links to Darlington’s cycle
network and Route 14 of the National Cycle
Network. Maps are available from the Local
Motion team and are updated yearly.

Bus
Haughton Road is frequently served by buses 9,10
and 17. Visit the Local Motion journey planner
for a reliable and convenient way to plan your
journey in Darlington. For journeys to or from

Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls from landlines
cost 10p).

Rail
Travelling by train is a quick and sustainable mode
of transport and with two railway stations serving
Darlington there are numerous destinations
possible in relatively short travelling times. For up
to date rail travel information contact National
Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

For more information on any of these services or
for copies of our walking, cycling or bus maps visit
the Local Motion website or call 0800 4589810


www.dothelocalmotion.co.uk
www.darlington.ac.uk




Darlington College
Policy
   Darlington College welcomes The Disability Discrimination Act (as amended by
   The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 – SENDA). In accordance with the Act,
   the college will take reasonable steps to avoid discriminating against disabled people.



This publication is a general guide to college, our courses and     provide, or continue to provide any courses, modules or
facilities, and every effort is made to ensure complete accuracy.   amenities described. The college reserves the right to
The college reserves the right to make changes to curricular        cease to run a programme if insufficient students enrol.
content where appropriate. The information given in this            However, as far as possible, the college will accommodate
publication does not impose on the college any obligation to        individual requirements.



                                                                    The college operates an equal
                                                                    opportunities policy.
                                                                    Any information can be produced in
                                                                    other formats on request. Please
                                                                    contact our Marketing Department
                                                                    on 01325 503046.


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