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Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Full-time Course Guide 2008-09




Courses for school leavers and students returning to full-time study


Visit: www.wlc.ac.uk

Freephone: 0800 980 2175


QIA Beacon Status


Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

wlc.ac.uk


  • Acton & West London College



  • Ealing & West London College



  • Hammersmith & West London College



  • Southall & West London College




Contents


How to use this guide

This guide is separated by site; Acton, Ealing, Hammersmith and Southall. For information on the subject areas offered at each site please see below for page numbers.


College Information


  • Welcome 3

  • Your Key to a Digital World 5

  • College Information Centre 6

  • Progression Information & Table 8

  • Qualifications Guide 16

  • Choosing your Course 21

  • Additional Learning Support (ALS) 24

  • Student Services 26

  • Financial Support 28

  • Student Life 30

  • Apprenticeships 34

  • The Prince’s Trust 36

  • Supported Learning 39


Acton & West London College 42


Courses available at Acton

  • Construction 45

  • Engineering (Electronic & Motor Vehicle) 54

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 58

  • Entry Level, Level 1 & GCSEs 60

  • Information Communication Technology (ICT) 64


Ealing & West London College 66


Courses available at Ealing

  • AS/A2 Levels 69

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 79

  • GCSEs 81

  • Media & Multimedia 84


Hammersmith & West London College 91


Courses available at Hammersmith

  • AS/A2 Levels 95

  • Art & Design 105

  • Business 108

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 113

  • GCSEs 114

  • Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy 117

  • Health, Care & Early Years 124

  • Hospitality & Catering 130

  • Information Communication Technology (ICT) 135

  • Performing Arts 141

  • Public Services 147

  • Science & Sports Science 149

  • Travel, Leisure & Tourism 152


Southall & West London College 157


Courses available at Southall

  • AS/A2 Levels 160

  • Business 167

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 170

  • GCSEs 172

  • Information Communication Technology (ICT) 174

  • Public Services 177

  • Science 178

  • Health & Social Care 180

  • Travel, Leisure & Tourism 182


How to Apply


  • How to Apply 184

  • Frequently Asked Questions 187

  • How to complete the Application Form 189

  • Application Form 192

  • Index 199



Welcome


Starting college is an exciting time – you are taking the next step towards your future! Inside this Guide you will find details of our courses starting in September 2008. We offer a wide range of qualifications and are proud of our reputation for providing high standards of teaching, support, advice and guidance.


Why choose our College?


  • Officially the best further education college in west London


In 2006-07, we received our best ever OFSTED / ALI inspection. The Government’s inspectors judged 94 out of 100 areas as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’. Our Science & Mathematics and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department and our leadership and management were judged as ‘outstanding’.


We are now officially the best further education college in west London!


In addition, in May 2007, we were awarded the Government’s QIA Beacon College status for our “innovation and excellence”. We are one of only four colleges across London to receive this prestigious accolade.


  • Academic Achievement & Student Success Our overall pass rate for A Level students in 2007 was 95%.


Our overall BTEC National Diplomas pass rate was 96%.


A note for Parents/Guardians and Carers


We are committed to helping our students succeed. To support this aim we will:


  • Communicate regularly with you to keep you informed of your child’s progress.

  • Provide you with progress reports.

  • Invite you to parents' evenings and giving you the opportunity to meet our tutors.


The College offers excellent student counselling and welfare services and provides support and guidance for students whenever it is needed.


All of our students have a personal tutor who they meet with each week to discuss their work and any concerns they may have.


We produce reports on our exam results, the progression of our students onto Higher Education and employment and produce a newsletter three times a year. If you are interested in receiving these please email: marketing@wlc.ac.uk.


Your key to a digital world


This technology helps us to ensure that at every stage of your learning we can provide you with the appropriate support you need, in a safe and secure environment.


Unlock the gateway to your future

All students receive their own ID card, this card is your pass to your future success.


Virtual Reality

It gives you access to the College’s online community, including online tutoring, discussion boards, online project groups and video conferencing.


24/7

Access via the student intranet to all your assignments and information from you teachers, anytime, any place.


Resource Account

It gives you access to your email, open access computers, photocopying credits, printing, books, newspapers and DVDs from the Learning Centre.


Get organised

Get organised with access to your timetable, assignment schedule, events and exam information online.


Keep on track

Keep on track by monitoring your own progress with access to your tutorial reviews, assignment grades and attendance reports online.


Easy Access

Swipe in to the College entrance, Learning Centre and gym.


Show the world

Build up a media digital record of your achievements that you can share with the world!


College Information Centre (CIC)


Need more help and information?


We offer impartial information, advice and guidance on course choices at our Information Centres located at each of our College sites. Our team of helpful, professional and friendly advisers and information assistants have a wealth of experience and knowledge and are available throughout the year. There is a free drop-in service to assist you with any enquiries you may have about courses and careers, including entry criteria, progression routes, enrolment and your long-term aims. They can help you with completing the college application form.


Alternatively if you are not sure which course to choose or which career path to take you can book a guidance appointment with an Adviser. Please see details below. They also offer skills coaching to the unemployed which helps to develop your skills ready for applying for jobs.


We have achieved Matrix accreditation. This means our staff and services have been successfully accredited against national standards so you know you can trust us to help you.


Help filling our the Application form


If you need help with completing any parts of the form or if there is anything that you need additional help with, you can:


1. Call into one of our College Information Centres. They can help to select the right course for you, assist with any course enquiries that you may have and if necessary help you with completing your application form.


2. Alternatively Freephone 0800 980 2175 and speak to one of our helpful information assistants or email you query to cic@wlc.ac.uk


3. The application form can be downloaded and completed electronically from our website www.wlc.ac.uk and emailed to: cic@wlc.ac.uk The reference form will need to be handed to your teacher to complete and returned to the College as soon as possible or returned to you to enclose with your application form.


4. If you need a new or additional form, you can call into one of our College information centres, situated at each of our sites, and pick one up, or freephone 0800 980 2175. Alternatively, you can email cic@wlc.ac.uk with your request.


CIC Opening Times:


Acton

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10.30 - 13.30 15.00 - 18.00

Friday: 09.15 - 12.30* 14.00 - 16:30


Ealing

Monday: 10.30 - 13.30 15.00 - 18.00

Tuesday: 09.15 - 12.30* 14.00 - 16:30

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed


Hammersmith

Monday: 10.00 – 16.30

Tuesday: 12.30 – 19.00

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10.00 – 16.30

Friday: 09.30 – 12.30


Southall

Monday: 10.30 - 13.30 15.00 - 18.00

Tuesday: 09.15 - 12.30 (drop in) 14.00 - 16.30 (drop in)

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed


* Booked appointments only.


To book please ring freephone: 0800 980 2175, ask at reception or email: cic@wlc.ac.uk


The telephone information line is available from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Thursday during term time, and 8.30am to 5.30pm on Fridays and during college holiday periods. These times are extended leading up to, and during enrolment.


  • West London IAG Partnership

  • Matrix



Progression


At Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College we provide all of our students with the support they need to succeed. The information on the following pages, including the progression list, details the progression routes available for every level for each of our subject areas.


The College also runs a number of Higher Education (HE) courses specifically developed (in partnership with leading universities and employers) to be relevant to the needs of our students. For details of HE courses that you may be able to progress onto please contact our College Information Centre on freephone: 0800 980 2175 to request a copy of our Foundation Degrees and Higher National Qualifications Guide.


Celebration of Achievement


Every year the College holds a special awards ceremony, which acknowledges the exceptional achievements made by various students. The winners are nominated by their tutors and presented with a certificate and a prize at an official ceremony. Usually the certificates are presented by a special guest. Previous guests have included Greg Dyke, Linford Christie and Bollywood star Mayur Verma. We encourage all our students to work hard and contribute to every aspect of College life.


How to use the Progression Table


Use the list below to find the level of the course that you are studying or have recently completed. Follow the immediate list down to see details of the next course available. Look through the rest of the lists at the same level to look at progression routes in a different subject until you find the subject area that you would like to progress onto. This can be any subject area in the next level up.


For example, if you successfully complete a BTEC First Diploma in Media, this is a Level 2 course; you can progress onto a BTEC National Diploma in Media at Level 3 or a BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies at Level 3 providing that you meet the individual course entry requirements, full details of which are listed in the guide.


“I initially started on the BTEC First Diploma in Computing at Southall & West London College, the support I received from my teachers was really good, after finishing this course I studied the BTEC National Diploma and am now in my first year of the Foundation Degree in Computing at Hammersmith & West London College. I hope to go onto South Bank University after my course.”


Devji

FdSc Computing


Progression Table


Acton & West London College


Construction (see pages 35 & 45)

  • Pre-Entry & Entry Level: -

  • Foundation Level 1: 14-19 Diploma in Construction & Built Environment, Brickwork, Carpentry & Joinery, Plastering, Construction, Basic Construction Skills Introductory Certificate**

  • Intermediate Level 2: 14-19 Diploma in Construction & Built Environment, Brickwork, Carpentry & Joinery, Plastering, Wall & Floor Tiling, Construction, Floor Covering, Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Construction/Plumbing Apprenticeship

  • Advanced Level 3: 14-19 Diploma in Construction & Built Environment, Brickwork, Carpentry & Joinery, Plastering, Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Construction/Plumbing Apprenticeship

  • Higher Level Level 4: FdSc in Construction


Engineering (see page 54)

  • Pre-Entry & Entry Level: Motor Vehicle**, Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Skills, Preparation for Employment in the Construction Industry**

  • Foundation Level 1: Progression Award, Motor Vehicle, Servicing & Repair

  • Intermediate Level 2: Electronic Engineering**

  • Advanced Level 3: Electrical Electronic Engineering

  • Higher Level Level 4: -


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (see page 58)

  • Pre-Entry & Entry Level: ESOL

  • Foundation Level 1: ESOL

  • Intermediate Level 2: -

  • Advanced Level 3: -

  • Higher Level Level 4: -


Entry Level, Level 1 & 2 and GCSEs (see page 60)

  • Pre-Entry & Entry Level: Skills for Working Life, Entry to Employment

  • Foundation Level 1: Health & Social Care, Construction, Entry to Employment

  • Intermediate Level 2: English, Mathematics

  • Advanced Level 3: -

  • Higher Level Level 4: -


Information Communication Technology (ICT) (see page 64)

  • Pre-Entry & Entry Level: -
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