1 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege FURTHER EDUCATION PROSPECTUS 2023/24 www.preston.ac.uk OPEN EVENTS Wednesday 5th October 2022 4-7pm | Saturday 12th November 2022 10am-2pm Wednesday 8th March 2023 4-7pm
2 T 01772 225522 E email@example.com At Preston College we take great pride in supporting all of our learners to achieve the qualifications, technical skills, knowledge and behaviours that employers and universities are looking for. I am delighted that you are considering joining Preston College after school. Our team of careers advisors and tutors will be available to provide you with advice and guidance on your future options so that you can make an informed decision. Preston College has a wide sector-based technical and professional offer at all levels. Our strength and expertise is in providing technical and vocational qualifications such as T-Levels and Extended Diplomas. Both of these qualification options provide a route to university level study as they are equivalent to three A-Levels, in terms of UCAS points, and come with the added benefit of work experience through industry placements. This combination of theoretical study and meaningful work experience helps our learners develop the skills and experience that they need to successfully transition to university or employment after college. Our relationships with employers and businesses ensure that our provision and work experience is both relevant and of high quality. Our sector specialist, experienced staff and industry standard facilities make the college an exciting and enjoyable place to be, all delivered in a supportive and caring environment. On the campus, you will find a host of purpose built facilities including a TV studio, functional science laboratories, performance studios and hair and beauty facilities, as well as our recently remodelled Construction Skills Centre which now includes an architectural suite. All of our facilities have been purposefully designed and developed to allow you to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence needed for success in the workplace. Come and see for yourself all that we have to ofer at one of our Year 10 & 11 Open Events (see page 69 for details). We look forward to welcoming you to Preston College. Simon Nixon Interim Principal & Chief Executive A WARM WELCOME TO PRESTON COLLEGE
3 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege COURSE OPTIONS T-Levels 12-13 Accounting & Business 18-19 Automotive Technology 20-21 Construction & the Built Environment 22-23 Digital Production, Design & Development 24-25 Education & Childcare 26-27 Engineering 28-29 Events, Hospitality & Tourism Enterprise 30-31 Hairdressing, Barbering & Beauty Therapy 32-33 Health & Social Care 34-35 Performing Arts and Creative Make-up Training Academies 36-39 Professional Dance 40-41 Public Services 42-43 Science 44-45 Sport 46-47 Visual, Digital Arts & Media 48-49 Apprenticeships 50-53 SUPPORT Getting to know Preston College 4-9 Scholarships 10 Industry Placements 14 Entry Criteria 15 Learner Support (SEND) and Foundation Learning 54-55 Maths & English 56 English for Speakers of Other Languages 57 Enrichment 58-59 Student Services 60-61 Pastoral Support 62 Bursary Information 63 Progression 64 Facilities 65 Travel Guide 66-67 How to Apply 68-69 Additional Information 70 Browse through our study areas to see all the fantastic, innovative courses on offer, and take a look at our support information to see how we can help you get the most out of your time at Preston College. CONTENTS
4 T 01772 225522 E firstname.lastname@example.org MAKING YOU THE MOST EMPLOYABLE All our courses are designed to make you ready for the world of work and university. Alongside achieving your qualification, you will also gain the technical skills, knowledge and experience that employers are looking for. Working closely with businesses across Lancashire, Preston College has shaped its curriculum to ensure you have the right skills to help you achieve your career goals. HOW DO WE MAKE YOU EMPLOYABLE? Your college experience is designed to make you employable. Everything from your full-time course contributes, including your industry experienced tutors, guest speakers, pastoral support, careers events and guidance, industry placements, and learning facilities. You also benefit from our strong employer links. DEVELOPING THE RIGHT TECHNICAL SKILLS On some of our courses, you will need to start at Level 1 or 2 to gain a solid foundation of skills before you move onto a Level 3 qualification. On other courses, you may be able to begin at Level 3 depending on your qualifications. T-Levels and our Level 3 Extended Diploma programmes are the equivalent to A-Level study and can provide you with enough UCAS points to progress onto university. See page 15 for more information. FACILITIES & LEARNING At Preston College there is a wide range of learning facilities and resources which allow you to put the technical skills you learn into practice. Facilities include industry-standard studios, theatres, libraries, science labs, workshops, hair and beauty salons, PC suites, digital technology and software. See page 65 for a selection of our facilities or visit us at our next open event for a tour. MATHS & ENGLISH Maths and English skills are an important part of everyday life and employers are looking for people with these skills. That’s why it is a Government requirement that if you leave school without a grade 4 (or above) you will have to study it as part of your course at college. MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION When making the important decision about what to study at college, it’s worth taking the time to research what qualifications are needed for your future career. Some professions do require higher level qualifications, but university is not always the only way to get them. You can study Higher Level qualifications at Preston College in a range of subjects either in the classroom or in the workplace. You’ll also find that some professions require you to undertake additional training, referred to as Continuing Professional Development or CPD. GETTING TO KNOW PRESTON COLLEGE Remember, if you’re unsure on which route to take, speak to one of our careers advisors who will be able to talk you through your options. You can contact our Recruitment and Careers Team on 01772 225774 and ask to speak with one of our dedicated Careers Advisors.
5 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege WHAT'S AVAILABLE AT PRESTON COLLEGE? At Preston College, you can choose to study vocational technical courses that lead to university or employment, or an Apprenticeship which develops your skills in the workplace and can lead to Degree and Higher Level Apprenticeships. Our courses are developed alongside employers and are designed to give you flexibility and options for your education and journey to employment. For example, you could start your studies on a full-time college course and transfer onto an Apprenticeship to earn while you learn whilst still gaining the same qualification. Alternatively, you may continue on your full-time course and progress directly to higher level study either at Preston College or university. See page 64 for more information on progression routes. CAREERS GUIDANCE & INFORMATION Leaving high school is an exciting time, especially if you know what career you want to follow and how to get there - but if you don’t, it can be a little daunting. That’s where we can help. Whatever stage you’re at on your career journey (or even if you haven’t started yet) our experienced Careers & Progression Team will support you in making the right choices about your future. Our advisors are trained in providing high quality careers information, advice and guidance to all learners and you can chat with them any time during college hours in our newly renovated Career Zone on the College High Street. We also have Career Coach, an online platform which can help you find a career path that suits you, build an impressive CV and find local job vacancies. Give it a go now at https://preston.emsicc.com TYPES OF QUALIFICATIONS AVAILABLE INCLUDE: • T-Levels • Apprenticeships • BTECs
6 T 01772 225522 E email@example.com PRESTONCOLLEGENEWS A lot goes on at PrestonCollegeover the academic year andwhilewe can’t share all of our fantastic news stories here, you can visit our website or social media pages to keep yourself up-to-date In January 2022, one of our former Actor Training Academy (ATA) learners at Preston College announced that he had a new role in Hollyoaks! John-Mark Reid is the Lead Lecturer of the ATA at Preston College and had this to say on the exciting news: “We were not surprised in the slightest to hear of Matt’s success, every day we spent with him his drive to be better stood out. His goal was clearly in sight throughout his time at ATA and he was a true joy to work with. We feel very privileged to have been a part of his actor training journey!” ‘HOLLYOAKS’ ROLE FOR FORMER ATA STUDENT NINE PRESTON COLLEGE STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL SKILLS AWARDS Preston College students competed in the WorldSkills UK national finals, winning four awards across three competitive categories. Over 3,000 people registered to take part in this year’s ‘Skills Olympics’, with only 400 students battling it out in the finals, across 64 disciplines. Preston College finalists competed in Bricklaying, Plastering and Dry Wall Systems, Commercial Make-up and Digital Media Production. Construction apprentices Kieran and Mitchell both won medals in the Bricklaying category, with Kieran winning a bronze medal and Mitchell scooping first place and taking gold. In the Media categories Ganesh, Nico, Max and Beres won a bronze medal in Digital Media Production and Foundation Skills students Zachary, Nicholas and Nick submitted an excellent piece for which they received a silver award. MATRIX & CAREERS QUALITY ACCREDITATIONS Preston College ofers careers advice and guidance to all applicants and this year the quality of this service has been recognised with two accreditations. These accreditations are the Matrix standard and the Quality in Careers Standard, which recognise the quality and delivery of personal development, well-being and quality information, advice and guidance at Preston College.
7 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege To get the very latest college news and events visit www.preston.ac.uk/news-and-events or visit our social pages PRESTONCOLLEGENEWS Preston College and Bowker Motor Group are working together to provide apprentices with high-quality training, delivery and assessment, whilst continuing to use the College’s industry-standard workspaces. Jonathan Rogan, Head of Business at Bowker BMW in Preston, said: “We have several managers who started with us as apprentices. With Preston College’s help we can continue to create exciting careers and provide an even better learning environment for our apprentices.” Mark Taylor, Head of School for Engineering and Automotive Technologies at Preston College, added: “Our partnership with Bowker Motor Group will help us to keep up to date with this innovative sector and ofer real life learning experiences with the latest automotive technologies in a commercial environment.” BOWKER MOTOR GROUP CELEBRATES NEW AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICAL SKILLS PARTNERSHIP WITH PRESTON COLLEGE JET2.COM DONATES £60,000 OF EQUIPMENT TO PRESTON COLLEGE’S AERONAUTICAL DEPARTMENT Jet2.comhas donated £60,000worth of aeronautical equipment to Preston College, enabling its students to learn and train using some of the most up-to-date and relevant aircraft equipment. The donation, from the UK’s third largest airline, consisted of U/S 737-300 landing gear and will be used by students from the college’s Aeronautical Engineering course in practical lessons, to help them put their skills and knowledge to the test. Neil Tomlinson, Tutor at Preston College, added: “This kind of donation is very impactful and enables Preston College to carry on training our learners to be the most employable when they leave college and ready for industry.” STUDENT SURPRISE STAR OF FREDDIE FLINTOFF’S FIELD OF DREAMS Adnan joined Freddie Flintof’s Cricket team in the BBC One documentary and surprised everyone with his natural talent and his passion for the game. He’s successfully completed his ESOL qualifications and continues to play cricket.
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10 T 01772 225522 E firstname.lastname@example.org GIFTED & TALENTED SCHOLARSHIPS Preston College is delighted to offer a scholarship programme for gifted and talented learners. A limited number of prestigious scholarships are available to any new Year 11 applicants looking to study an eligible full-time Level 3 course starting in September 2023. WHAT CAN I GET FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP? • £1,000 over a period of a two year Level 3 course • Free Travel Pass • Ambassador Hoodie • Free College Gym Membership • Support from our extensive range of employer links • Evidence to support your UCAS application “ ” ABIGAIL Sports Scholarship Abigail joined Preston College from Ashton Community Science College and is progressing to study Sports Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). There are more opportunities at college than school, like the Scholarship programme and work experience. My course and career aspirations are sport related and my tutors have supported my positive progression to UCLan. ALUMNI PROFILE HOW CAN I APPLY? You can apply for a scholarship online at www.preston.ac.uk/scholarships All sections of the form must be completed in full. Applications should be submitted before Friday 28th April 2023
11 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege “ ” WHAT COURSES ARE ELIGIBLE? • Accountancy • Aeronautical Engineering • Applied Science • Business Studies • Games & Graphics ALUMNI PROFILE SAMUEL Performing Arts Scholarship Sam joined Preston College from Brownedge St Mary’s and is progressing to Leeds Conservatoire to study Acting. Looking back on my time here I feel that Preston College was the right choice for me. I feel at home and comfortable with my peers, tutors and surroundings. I have been supported and pushed to achieve. • Early Years • Engineering • Health & Social Care • Media (Film & Photography) • Performing Arts • Professional Construction • Professional Dance • Public Services • Sport • Travel & Tourism with Event Management Our sponsors:
12 E email@example.com T 01772 225522 AT PRESTON COLLEGE AT PRESTON COLLEGE YOU CAN STUDY THIS EXCITING QUALIFICATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES • Accounting CONSTRUCTION • Bricklaying (Onsite) • Carpentry & Joinery (Onsite) • Electrical Installation • Plumbing & Heating • Professional Construction EARLY YEARS • Education & Childcare ENGINEERING (DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT) • Electrical & Electronic Engineering • Mechanical Engineering HAIR & BEAUTY • Barbering • Beauty Therapy • Hairdressing HEALTH • Adult Nursing • Care of Children & Young People • Mental Health IT • Digital Production, Design & Development MEDIA • Media, Broadcast & Production (Content Creation and Production) SCIENCE • Science T-LEVELS ARE PIONEERING NEW COURSES WHICH ARE CO-CREATED WITH LEADING EMPLOYERS AND AIM TO ENSURE YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF PROGRAMMES THAT SUCCESSFULLY DEVELOP THEM INTO THE SKILLED WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE.
/prestoncollege W www.preston.ac.uk 13 EQUIVALENT TO 3 A-LEVELS T-Levels focus on vocational skills and are equivalent to 3 A-Levels. Gaining a T-Level can help learners with progression onto higher study, apprenticeships or into skilled employment. 80% TECHNICAL LEARNING, 20% INDUSTRY PLACEMENT You will spend 80% of the academic year undertaking technical learning, gaining the skills and knowledge employers require. The other 20% is spent at an industry placement with one of our local employers, where you can put your skills into action in a real working environment. IMPROVE YOUR OPPORTUNITIES Much like A-Levels and University degrees – once you pass your T-Level, you will receive a nationally recognised certificate with the overall grade you achieved (pass, merit, distinction or distinction*). These certificates will also provide information on what you’ve learned during your T-Level, helping you improve your opportunities within skilled employment or higher education. GET AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER Every T-Level consists of a minimum of 45 days (315 hours) industry placement within a local business related to your chosen course subject. This placement gives you the opportunity to learn what a career in the industry is like, whilst continuing your studies. EARN UCAS POINTS Your T-Level will be worth UCAS points. A T-Level at grade Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A-Levels at A* and will be recognised by universities and other providers, meaning you have the option to continue your studies after college. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Learners need seven GCSEs at 9-4 grade including English Language and Maths. At least three of your passes should be at grade 5 or above. A successful interview is also required. Some subjects have higher/additional entry requirements. Please visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level for more information. PRESTON COLLEGE WILL SUPPORT YOU IN SECURING YOUR INDUSTRY PLACEMENT THROUGH OUR EXTENSIVE LINKS WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS AND DEDICATED INDUSTRY PLACEMENT TEAM. VISIT THEM ON THE COLLEGE’S HIGH STREET FOR HELP AND SUPPORT.
14 T 01772 225522 E firstname.lastname@example.org INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS Preston College has industry placement opportunities on the vast majority of our courses which provides valuable experience in the workplace. Learners have the chance to work with employers developing skills for the workplace through projects, guest lecturers and workshops, helping them to understand how the skills they have gained at college can be transferred into the workplace. Industry placements aren’t just about testing your skills in a work environment, it can open up doors to employment opportunities – just like it has for Kieran and Rose! ” ROSE Aeronautical Engineering, Level 3 I completed my placement at WestAir which is located at Blackpool airport. I have really enjoyed my time at WestAir and it made me even keener to search for apprenticeships. When applying for apprenticeships I found my time at WestAir made me stand out from others and gave me a lot to talk about during interviews. The Industry Placement Team and your tutors will support you in securing a suitable placement. “ ” KIERAN Health & Social Care, Level 3 My placement at Carey Childcare Centre in Preston gave me the opportunity to hone my skills and qualities into a care environment. This placement has opened the door to a potential apprenticeship as the staf and management would like to see me again. LEARNER PROFILE LEARNER PROFILE “
15 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege ENTRY CRITERIA You’ll find entry criteria information on our website, but as a reference here is a short overview of what we are looking for at each level. If you do not meet these requirements, we may take into consideration your individual circumstances. ENTRY / LEVEL 1 Learners will need to attend an interview showing their interest in the subject and a willingness to learn. LEVEL 2 Learners need four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above including at least one of English Language or Maths with a minimum of grade 2 in the other. They will also be required to attend an interview to discuss their suitability for the course. LEVEL 3 Learners need five GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C) grade including at least one of English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above and a minimum of grade 3 in the other. They will also be required to attend an interview to discuss their suitability for the course. T-LEVELS Learners need seven GCSEs at 9-4 grade including English Language and Maths. At least three of your passes should be at grade 5 or above. A successful interview is also required. Some subjects have higher/additional entry requirements. Please visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level. ADDITIONAL ENTRY CRITERIA Some courses have additional entry criteria and we advise that you check our website for the latest information. For example, in Performing Arts you will be required to audition, in Art & Design we’d like to see a portfolio of your work, and to study a Health & Social Care course or an Early Years course you will be required to have a Disclosure & Barring (DBS) check. GSCE 9 - 1 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 U 14-16 Technical Qualifications D2* D2 M2 P2 D1 M1 P1 U GCSE GRADING SYSTEM PREPARING YOU FOR UNIVERSITY T-Levels and Level 3 Diplomas can provide you with the same amount of UCAS points as A-Levels - see the table below. UCAS Points T-Level Overall Grade BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma A-Level Grades 168 Distinction* D*D*D* A*A*A* 160 D*D*D A*A*A 152 D*DD A*AA 144 Distinction DDD AAA 128 DDM ABB 120 Merit BBB 112 DMM BBC D* = Distinction Star D = Distinction M = Merit Contact our Careers team to discuss your options if your results are not what you expected on GCSE results day
16 T 01772 225522 E email@example.com LEVEL 1 STUDIES Service Industries Pathway Business & Digital Pathway Select ONE pathway You will study the following subjects: Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Business Childcare and Health & Social Care ICT Digital Media Travel & Tourism We recommend that you try your best at school and work hard to achieve the grades that will help to get your career off to a flying start. Regardless of outcomes, don’t worry, at Preston College we have a range of Level 1 courses that can help you get back on track. LEVEL 1 VOCATIONAL STUDIES If you are unsure about your next step, then the Level 1 in Vocational Studies is ideal. You can try out a range of subjects before deciding on the right one to progress onto at Level 2. There are two pathways available on the Level 1 in Vocational Studies, the Service Industries pathway and the Business and Digital pathway. At enrolment, you will choose which pathway you would like to study. Your chosen pathway will include the subjects listed below and additional core units to develop your skills including Maths, English, Personal Development, Employability Skills, Working with Others and Researching a Topic. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE MY COURSE? • During your programme, you will have regular meetings with your Student Manager to see if you are ready to progress to the next level of study. • At the end of your course you will choose which subject you’d like to study at Level 2. • You could also go on to study an Apprenticeship at Level 2. LEVEL 1 COURSES AVAILABLE IN: • Automotive Maintenance & Repair • Bricklaying • Carpentry & Joinery • Electrical Installation • Engineering • Painting & Decorating • Plastering & Dry Lining • Plumbing • Public Services & Sport • Wall & Floor Tiling
17 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege ALUMNI PROFILE ” “ ELEANOR STUDIED Level 1 Vocational Studies, Level 2 Creative Media and Level 3 Film and Photography DESTINATION Edge Hill University to study Police Studies Eleanor joined Preston College from Ashton Community Science College on our Level 1 Vocational Studies programme. Initially enrolling to a plumbing course Eleanor found that this wasn’t the right career choice for her. Supported by staff Eleanor transferred to the Level 1 programme which gave her opportunities to experience different areas. The Level 1 course supported me to develop diferent skills and I made lots of new friends. My time at college has been both challenging and exciting but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have been through so many emotions over the years but I have come out the other side as a better person. I have met so many supportive people that have made a huge impact on my life.
18 T 01772 225522 E firstname.lastname@example.org ACCOUNTING & BUSINESS Full-time Courses Level Course Length Accounting T-Level^ 2 years Accounting & Business 3 2 years Business 2 & 3 Level 2 (1 year) Level 3 (2 years) Business & Law 3 2 years Apprenticeships Level Course Length* AAT Accounts Assistant 2 12 months AAT Assistant Accountant 3 15 months Business Administrator 3 12-15 months Customer Service 2 & 3 12-15 months HR Support Assistant 3 12-15 months EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Accounting • Business Administration • Human Resources • Marketing • Finance • Retail • Management • Sales • Customer Service • Self Employed Entrepreneur • Law Careers in accounting and business are wide ranging. A popular area of study is accounting, and at Preston College you can access AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualifications as part of your Level 3 Accounting course, strengthening your CV or university applications. If you want to keep your options open, or if you want to explore other areas of business before making a decision, then our business courses are ideal as they have a wide range of units covering all areas of business. *Course durations on Apprenticeships are given as a guide ^For T-Level entry criteria visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level
19 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege ACCOUNTING & BUSINESS “ ” ANTONIA-JAYE STUDIED Business Level 3 DESTINATION Business Management at Newcastle University Joining Preston College from Ashton Community Science College, Antonia-Jaye has undertaken an industry placement at Royal Sanders. This allowed Antonia-Jaye to work in a range of departments and gain an insight into the career paths available to her after her studies. This course has confirmed to me that I want to work in this sector. My industry placement was great and I got experience of working in warehousing, health and safety, marketing, finance and purchasing. My college experience has prepared me for the next level of education at university. ALUMNI PROFILE CHARTERED & CERTIFIED ACCOUNTANTS Chartered Accountants provide accounting, auditing services and financial advice by collecting and analysing financial information to improve business performance. To be successful in this industry you’ll have to have a head for numbers and an eye for detail. Organisation, problem solving and communication skills will also come in handy as you undertake financial investigations and liaise with management and other professionals. Your college course will prepare you for progression to university level provision, following which you will seek membership to the Institute of Chartered Accountants. £39,558 AVERAGE SALARY 213,159 UK JOBS IN 2021 6,269 JOBS IN PRESTON CAREER SPOTLIGHT
20 T 01772 225522 E email@example.com AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES Full-time Courses Level Course Length Automotive Maintenance & Repair 1 & 2 1 year per level Automotive Maintenance & Repair 3 2 years Apprenticeships Level Course Length* Autocare Technician 2 24 months Light Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician 3 36 months Heavy Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician 3 36 months EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Motor Vehicle Service Technician • Technician • Motorsports Engineer • Garage Owner • Dealership Manager Careers in the automotive industry include automotive technicians, motorsports engineers, car designers and business owners. With a global focus on climate change and a growing demand for low emission cars, there are lots of opportunities for innovation and a real need for workers that can quickly adapt to new technologies. At Preston College you will have access to a wide range of learning resources in our iSTEM Automotive Workshop including demonstration cars, diagnostics equipment, mechanic tool kits and hydro/pneumatic lifts. *Course durations on Apprenticeships are given as a guide
21 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES “ ” LUKE STUDIED Automotive Maintenance & Repair Level 1 DESTINATION Level 3 Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Service & Maintenance at Porsche, Preston Joining Preston College from All Hallows Catholic High School, Luke enrolled on the Level 1 in Automotive Maintenance and Repair to develop his skills. After completing his Level 1 course Luke successfully managed to secure an Apprenticeship with Porsche Preston – one of our employer partners. My Level 1 course helped me to get the Apprenticeship at Porsche. I achieved my qualification and completed work experience there. The team at Porsche are fantastic. I have always wanted to work in a dealership and to be able to work on these prestigious cars and learn new skills is incredible. LEARNER PROFILE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN Automotive Technicians carry out routine maintenance, repairs and services to vehicles to keep them in a roadworthy condition. You can choose to specialise in light vehicle, heavy vehicle or motorcycles. You’ll need good dexterity to use the range of tools and equipment to repair and service vehicles, good communication skills to explain repairs to your customers and problem solving skills to diagnose the faults. To be an Automotive Technician you’ll typically study up to Level 3, this can be in the classroom or in the workplace as an Apprentice. £27,280 AVERAGE SALARY 178,302 UK JOBS IN 2021 7,096 JOBS IN PRESTON CAREER SPOTLIGHT
22 T 01772 225522 E firstname.lastname@example.org CONSTRUCTION & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Full-time Courses Level Course Length Bricklaying 1 & 2 1 year per level Bricklaying T-Level^ 2 years Building Services Engineering for Construction T-Level^ 2 years Carpentry & Joinery 1 & 2 1 year per level Carpentry & Joinery T-Level^ 2 years Electrical Installation 1 & 2 1 year per level Electrical Installation T-Level^ 2 years Painting & Decorating 1 1 year Plastering & Dry Lining 1 & 2 1 year per level Plumbing 1 1 year Plumbing & Heating Engineering T-Level^ 2 years Professional Construction T-Level^ 2 years Wall & Floor Tiling 1 1 year Apprenticeships Level Course Length* Bricklaying 2 24 months Carpentry & Joinery 2 & 3 18-24 months per level Civil Engineering - Groundworker 2 24 months Civil Engineering – Highways Maintenance 2 24 months Electrical Installation (JTL partnership) 3 48 months Painting & Decorating 2 24 months Plastering & Dry Lining 2 24 months Plumbing & Gas (JTL partnership) 3 48 months Property Maintenance Operative 2 24 months Roof Slater & Tiler 2 24-27 months Wall & Floor Tiling 2 24 months Wood Product Manufacturing Operative 2 24 months The Construction industry is booming in the UK and there are a lot of opportunities for tradespeople to work on building sites either as employed workers or as subcontractors. However, there’s more to the construction industry than house building. You can find opportunities in infrastructure, retail, civil engineering and construction management. Preston College also has strong partnerships with local employers who provide opportunities for progression into a wide range of Apprenticeships. *Course durations on Apprenticeships are given as a guide ^For T-Level entry criteria visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level
23 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege CONSTRUCTION & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT “ ” ALEXANDRA ALEXANDRA STUDIED Level 3 in Professional Construction DESTINATION Degree Apprenticeship in Site Management with Eric Wright Construction Group Joining Preston College from Academy at Worden, Alexandra always wanted to go into construction but wasn’t sure which role would be her ultimate career goal. Now at the end of her course she has secured a Degree Apprenticeship with one of our partner employers Eric Wright Construction Group. This course has taught me a lot of self-discipline and time management. The variety of subjects on the course and my industry placement with Costain helped me confirm that I want to be on-site rather than in an office environment. ALUMNI PROFILE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Bricklayer • Civil Engineer • Decorator • Electrician • Gas Engineer • Joiner • Plasterer • Plumber • Site Labourer • Trainee Quantity or Building Surveyor • Trainee Site or Project Manager • Trainee Architect JOINER Joiners specialise in building the fittings of a house, furniture, doors, windows, stairs, tables and bookshelves just to name a few. To become a joiner, you’ll typically study to Level 2 in the classroom, or to Level 3 through an Apprenticeship. £23,951 AVERAGE SALARY 109,591 UK JOBS IN 2021 4,040 JOBS IN PRESTON Our strong links with local employers mean you can be recruited straight from the workshop. That’s why on the majority of construction courses you will start at Level 1 to develop a strong set of industry skills before progressing to an Apprenticeship – sometimes before you’ve even finished your first year! CAREER SPOTLIGHT
24 T 01772 225522 E email@example.com DIGITAL PRODUCTION, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT Full-time Courses Level Course Length Digital Production, Design & Development T-Level^ 2 years Information & Creative Technology 2 1 year ICT Practitioners 3 2 years The digital industry is an area that sees constant change and innovation covering data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, self driving cars and virtual reality. However, digital technology is not just confined to those in the digital industry; technology and its use touches all industries through technology adoption and software packages. From September 2023 you can study the new T-Level in Digital Production, Design and Development at Preston College. This T-Level has been developed with professionals working in the digital industry ensuring that you gain the skills and experience you need to have a long and successful career. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • App Developer • Business Analysts, Architects & System Designers • Computer Games Tester or Developer • Cyber Security • Digital Technician • E-Learning Developer • Multimedia Programmer • Operations Technician • Programmer or Software Development Professional • Project or Programme Manager • User Experience (UX) Designer • User Support Technician • VR Programmer • Web Designer or Developer ^For T-Level entry criteria visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level
25 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege DIGITAL PRODUCTION, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT “ ” LUKE STUDIED Level 3 in ICT Practitioners DESTINATION Software Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Joining Preston College from Ashton Community Science College, Luke wasn’t sure which career he wanted to pursue. Choosing to study an ICT qualification has provided him with a lot of new skills that will help him in the future. I feel as though the ability to build quality software while considering things such as design, development and maintenance is a great thing to have as there is a growing need for talented software developers across every industry. College has been one of the best experiences of my life, I have met new friends and learnt new things I believe will help me in my future. ALUMNI PROFILE WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS Successful websites combine great design with functionality to make the user experience as smooth as possible. Web Designers and Development Professionals play a critical role in creating, maintaining and improving websites. A web designer will plan, create and code web pages to an organisation’s requirements to ensure their websites look great on all devices (desktop, mobile and tablet) and function properly ensuring customer satisfaction. Web developers focus more on how websites work and will write code in programming language, design databases and search functions. To be successful in these roles you will need problem solving skills and creativity to develop solutions to improve website functionality and user experience. Web developers and designers are typically educated to degree level, so you should consider additional study after college. Your college course will prepare you for progression to university level study. £34,254 AVERAGE SALARY 50,904 UK JOBS IN 2021 1,141 JOBS IN PRESTON CAREER SPOTLIGHT
26 T 01772 225522 E firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION & CHILDCARE Full-time Courses Level Course Length Childcare (Access to T-Level) 2 1 year Education & Childcare T-Level^ 2 years Working with children and young people is both rewarding and fulfilling. It’s not simply nursery and childcare providers that offer a range of job roles, there are also opportunities in social care, education, mental health, family support and young offending teams. At Preston College you’ll benefit from a range of industry placements which provide invaluable experience in the workplace so you can decide on the best career for you. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Nursery Nurse • Childminder • Teaching Assistant • Early Years Practitioner LEVEL 1 SERVICE INDUSTRIES PATHWAY See page 16 for more details ^For T-Level entry criteria visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level
27 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege EDUCATION & CHILDCARE “ ” CAIDEN STUDIED Level 3 in Childcare & Education DESTINATION Studying Primary & Early Years Education at the University of Cumbria Joining Preston College from Hodgson Academy, Caiden has ambitions to be a primary school teacher and will be heading off to the University of Cumbria to get her degree and teaching qualifications. At college I completed placements at a nursery and a primary school. These placements confirmed my choice in career. My time at Preston College has been enjoyable and my course has led me to my dream career. ALUMNI PROFILE CHILD & EARLY YEARS OFFICER Working alongside other professionals, such as Social Workers and Educational Psychologists, Child and Early Years Officers identify, plan and deliver appropriate support to families facing a variety of difficulties. They attend meetings, write up case notes, prepare reports and advise clients and their families on available support and resources. To be successful in this career you’ll need excellent communication skills and empathy to help families through difficult times. You’ll typically be qualified to degree level, however, there are opportunities to develop your career in the workplace through an Apprenticeship. £25,696 AVERAGE SALARY 33,409 UK JOBS IN 2021 1,465 JOBS IN PRESTON CAREER SPOTLIGHT
28 T 01772 225522 E email@example.com ENGINEERING Full-time Courses Level Course Length Aeronautical Engineering 3 2 years Engineering 1 & 2 1 year per level Engineering 3 2 years Electrical & Electronic Engineering – Design & Development T-Level^ 2 years Mechanical Engineering – Design & Development T-Level^ 2 years Apprenticeships Level Course Length* Engineering Operative 2 12 months Engineering Fitter 3 42 months Engineering Technician 3 42 months Fabrication & Welder 2 12 months Metal Fabricator 3 42 months EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Aerospace Engineer • Aeronautical Engineer • CAD Technician • CNC Machinist • Electrical & Electronic Engineer • Manufacturing Engineer • Mechanical Engineer • Project & Quality Engineer • Sustainable Energy Systems Engineer Within the engineering industry there are hundreds of opportunities available. New developments in technologies mean that the world is constantly evolving and engineers are at the heart of it. Safer travel, drone deliveries, communication, product improvements, greener energy, advanced machines, robots - the list is endless and so are the opportunities. At Preston College you have the opportunity to study Aeronautical, Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering with optional units selected in your second year. Whichever route you take you will benefit from studying in our fantastic iSTEM Centre, which provides outstanding teaching facilities and equipment including a small scale wind tunnel, CNC machines, welding pods, electronic labs and computer suites. *Course durations on Apprenticeships are given as a guide ^For T-Level entry criteria visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level
29 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege ENGINEERING “ ” LEWIS STUDIED Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering DESTINATION Apprenticeship at Boeing Joining Preston College from Fulwood Academy, Lewis studied the Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering and undertook a placement at WestAir in Blackpool. His course and industry placement has helped him secure an apprenticeship at Boeing. My course is equivalent to three A-Levels and I believe it has opened a lot of doors for my future. The tutors and my student manager were really helpful and played a large role in my progression. After my apprenticeship with Boeing I’m looking to complete a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a masters in Astronautics. ALUMNI PROFILE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER As a design and development engineer you’ll find opportunities in a range of areas including steam, aeronautical, turbine, marine, electrical, mechanical, vehicle and ship structures, plant and machinery equipment, building systems and services and telecommunications equipment. As the world continues to evolve and innovate there will always be opportunities out there for you to use your problem solving skills to design and improve technologies across a range of industries. £40,756 AVERAGE SALARY 65,821 UK JOBS IN 2021 2,109 JOBS IN PRESTON CAREER SPOTLIGHT
30 T 01772 225522 E firstname.lastname@example.org EVENTS, HOSPITALITY & TOURISM ENTERPRISE Full-time Courses Level Course Length Travel & Tourism 2 1 year Travel & Tourism with Event Management 3 2 years EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Airport Personnel • Attractions Management • Cabin Crew • Cruise Ship Personnel • Event Management • Hotel Management • Resort Representatives • Travel Agencies Events, hospitality and tourism is an area with a lot of different job roles and opportunities. You can work anywhere in the world in a variety of settings including travel agencies, airports, hotels, holiday resorts and visitor attractions such as theme parks, zoos and stately homes. In terms of events you could be organising small scale fundraisers, parties in the park, festivals or weddings. Both sectors are customer facing so you’ll need to be good with people and have great communication skills. At Preston College you will have opportunities to go on various trips and work experience placements. You will also hear from guest speakers working in the industry. These enrichment and extra-curricular activities are built into your Study Programme to enhance university applications and CVs. LEVEL 1 BUSINESS & DIGITAL PATHWAY See page 16 for more details
31 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege EVENTS, HOSPITALITY & TOURISM ENTERPRISE “ ” ALISHA STUDIED Level 3 in Travel & Tourism DESTINATION University to study International Tourism Joining Preston College from Blackburn Central High School, Alisha initially enrolled onto a business course but transferred to Travel and Tourism. Alisha was such a great student that she quickly advanced from Level 1 to 2 and now leaves Preston College with a Level 3 qualification and her sights set on a degree in International Tourism. I have really enjoyed my time at Preston College, I love that the college has diferent ages and cultures. I have found the staf and my tutors friendly and very supportive throughout my course. They have helped with career advice and they have motivated me throughout the course. I like that there is something new happening in college every week from external speakers to trips and events. ALUMNI PROFILE CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION MANAGER Conferences and exhibitions need careful management and planning to be a success. As a Conference Manager you’ll be expected to oversee all bookings, generate new business and manage client expectations. Even with the best planning things can always change last minute, so you’ll need to be adaptable and think on your feet to ensure your customers are satisfied. Conference and exhibition managers are typically educated to degree level so you should consider further study after college. Your college course will prepare you for university and includes industry placements helping you gain some invaluable experience in the workplace. £22,847 AVERAGE SALARY 70,621 UK JOBS IN 2021 1,609 JOBS IN PRESTON CAREER SPOTLIGHT
32 T 01772 225522 E email@example.com Full-time Courses Level Course Length Barbering T-Level^ 2 years Beauty Therapy (Access to T-Level) 2 1 year Beauty Therapy T-Level^ 2 years Hairdressing (Access to T-Level) 2 1 year Hairdressing T-Level^ 2 years Nail Technology (Progression only) 3 1 year Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair & Make-up 2 & 3 1 or 2 years per level Apprenticeships Level Course Length* Beauty Therapist 2 18 months Wellbeing & Holistic Therapist 3 18-24 months Hair Professional 2 24 months Advanced & Creative Hair Professional 3 18 months EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Beauty Therapist • Colour Technician • Hair Stylist Hairdressers, barbers and beauty therapists help people to look and feel great. There are opportunities close to home, with salons and beauty services common place on high streets across the UK, and opportunities further afield in the tourism industry, within holiday resorts and on cruise ships. At Preston College you will have access to our industry standard training salons, where you will have everything you need to hone your skills and start a successful career. *Course durations on Apprenticeships are given as a guide HAIRDRESSING, BARBERING & BEAUTY THERAPY LEVEL 1 SERVICE INDUSTRIES PATHWAY See page 16 for more details • Nail Technician • Salon Ownership/Management ^For T-Level entry criteria visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level
33 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege HAIRDRESSING, BARBERING & BEAUTY THERAPY “ ” ANAIS STUDIED Level 3 in Beauty Therapy DESTINATION Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy at Ribby Hall Village Spa Hotel Anais enrolled at Preston College on a Beauty Therapy course and quickly secured an Apprenticeship at Ribby Hall Village Spa Hotel, one of our partner employers. Preston College has a great relationship with Ribby Hall Village Spa Hotel and our learners are given the opportunity to undertake work experience there and apply for roles during and at the end of their course. I started my course at Preston College and I am excited to gain my qualification through an Apprenticeship at Ribby Hall. It is a diferent experience to working in a salon. After my Level 3 I hope to do further qualifications, such as Sports Massage. ALUMNI PROFILE HAIRDRESSING & BEAUTY SALON MANAGERS AND PROPRIETORS As a Salon Manager you are responsible for the day to day running of the salon, ensuring that all business records are kept up-to-date and accurate, undertaking health and safety checks, sourcing and managing stock as well as ensuring that clients receive the very best customer care from your staff. To be a successful manager you’ll need excellent customer service skills, organisation and a head for numbers as you maintain the financial accounts. You’ll typically be qualified to Level 3 either through the classroom or an Apprenticeship. £18,085 AVERAGE SALARY 92,497 UK JOBS IN 2021 356 JOBS IN PRESTON CAREER SPOTLIGHT
34 T 01772 225522 E firstname.lastname@example.org HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE The health and social care industry is vast with the NHS employing more than 1.5million people for over 350 different roles. Mental Health and Social Care are areas with a lot of employment opportunities as there are increasing numbers of people needing mental health professionals and support workers. Social care workers support people in a range of settings including private homes, residential homes, day centres and supported housing. It is a rewarding sector and your choice of career can make a real difference to people’s lives. At Preston College we have a wide range of learning facilities and equipment that provides a realistic learning experience. These include a fully kitted out hospital ward and dental suite, electric hoist, pregnancy suit, ageing kit, hospital beds and resuscitation dummies. Full-time Courses Level Course Length Health & Social Care 2 1 year Health & Social Care 3 2 years Health – Adult Nursing T-Level^ 2 years Health – Children & Young People Care T-Level^ 2 years Health – Mental Health Care T-Level^ 2 years Apprenticeships Level Course Length* Adult Care Worker 2 12-18 months Lead Adult Care Worker 3 18-24 months Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Clinical) 3 18-24 months Dental Nurse 3 24 months Pharmacy Dispensing Assistant 2 12 months *Course durations on Apprenticeships are given as a guide ^For T-Level entry criteria visit www.preston.ac.uk/t-level
35 W www.preston.ac.uk /prestoncollege HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE “ ” AMY STUDIED Level 3 in Health & Social Care DESTINATION Psychology degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Amy joined Preston College from Canon Slade C of E School with aspirations to become a Mental Health Nurse. Amy’s course helped her to realise just how strong her passion for psychology is and now she is pursuing a career as a Clinical Psychologist. My tutors and the support staf at Preston College have been so supportive over the last two years. They have gone above and beyond for me. While at Preston College I completed an industry placement at Changing Minds UK. The experience during my placement taught me the importance of psychological interventions and really opened my eyes to the increasing need for change in mental health services. I want to be involved in creating and shaping future mental health services for the better. ALUMNI PROFILE MIDWIFE Midwives provide expert care to mothers and babies during and after pregnancy, they also deliver babies in normal births and assist doctors with difficult deliveries. Responsibilities include the planning and management of midwifery care services, supervising and training junior staff and advising on baby care, exercise, diet and family planning. You’ll need excellent communication skills to train others and keep medical notes up to date and accurate. Midwives are educated to degree level so you will need to continue your studies after college. You can gain a degree through university or a degree apprenticeship. Your college course will prepare you for further study at this higher level. £29,825 AVERAGE SALARY 794,535 UK JOBS IN 2021 1,729 JOBS IN PRESTON CAREER SPOTLIGHT
36 T 01772 225522 E email@example.com PERFORMING ARTS & CREATIVE MAKE-UP TRAINING ACADEMIES The entertainment industry is huge and the UK has a great reputation globally for producing films and television shows, but the industry is more than just what you see on screen. You can find opportunities in the theatre, in the tourism sector, on the radio, the internet, backstage and in the corporate sector. You will also find that the skills and confidence you develop are transferable to a wide range of other job roles and careers with past alumni moving in to areas such as teaching, journalism and management. At Preston College you’ll have the opportunity to take part in shows and performances throughout the year to develop your skills and confidence in preparation for professional and university auditions. Full-time Courses Level Course Length Fashion, Theatre & Media Hair and Make-up 2 & 3 2 years Performing & Production Arts 2 1 year Performing & Production Arts – Acting (ATA) 3 2 years Performing & Production Arts – Musical Theatre 3 2 years Foundation Learning Performing Arts Entry levels 1, 2 & 3 Usually up to 3 years Professional Dance & Dance Teaching 3 & 4 2-3 years EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Acting for stage and screen • Arts Administrator • Dancer • Director • Dramatherapist • Fashion/Photographic Make-up • Performer • Prosthetics • Screenwriter • Special Effects • Teaching • Theatrical Make-up Artist Our qualifications are awarded by the University of Arts London, a top two world ranking university for art and design