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Care Studies - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

This Foundation Degree in Care Studies is run in partnership with the University of South Wales and will have a broad appeal to those students who want a career working in the Social Care sector including working with young children/people and the elderly.

In studying the Foundation Degree, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience of Social Care and also achieving a higher level qualification.

Note: Learners studying Childcare or Health & Social Care courses should be aware that it is a requirement of the course that all learners working with Children or in a Care setting have to have a full enhanced disclosure check (DBS).

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Ceramics - Foundation Degree Level 4+Barry

This full-time Foundation Degree in Ceramics aims to encourage your creative flair, while giving you the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the Ceramics industry.

Using a mix of lectures, seminars, technical workshops, demonstration and supervised studio activities, you will develop the technical skills used in the forming process such as throwing, plaster forming and hand building. You’ll also have the opportunity to experiment and develop your own glazes to use on your work and gain instruction on the use of kilns and the different firing effects.

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Childhood Studies Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

If you would like to work in childcare, or if you’re employed and are keen to further your career, this course teaches the full range of skills for working with children and young people from birth to 18 years. It is the ideal route into professional childcare, teaching or other work with young people, and provides both classroom-based study and practical experience. With strong links to local employers, the course will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by people working in the childcare sector and provides excellent opportunities for employment or further study.

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Contemporary Textile Practice - Foundation Degree Level 4+Barry

The Foundation Degree in Contemporary Textile Practice will enable you to explore your creative side, while giving you the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the Textiles industry.


Using a mix of lectures, seminars, technical workshops, demonstration and supervised studio activities, you will develop an understanding and awareness of the nature of textile materials, a working knowledge of elected technical skills in print, stitch and embroidery, and the opportunity to engage with contemporary design practice.

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English and History - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

The only Foundation Degree in English and History in Wales, this course provides a unique combination of classroom-based study and flexible, work based learning. You will benefit from small classes, tailored supervision and the opportunity to complete an honours degree in English and/or History from the University of South Wales. You will be encouraged to put your new skills into practice through relevant work placements, with your qualification potentially leading to a number of career opportunities, including teaching, law and social work.

 

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Fashion Styling - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

On this course, you’ll benefit from great facilities including studios with Adobe Creative Suite equipped computers, excellent photography resources and highly experienced tutors. The creative environment will enable you to pursue your individual fashion styling aspirations, while links to industry projects will provide you with real and practical experience. Working independently and through teamwork, you will develop a portfolio that demonstrates relevant fashion and business skills, including developing, planning and delivering your own designs in areas including advertising, fashion, retail, merchandising and beauty.

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Film - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

This Foundation Degree in Film is an exciting course with a broad vocational base designed to meet the fast paced requirements of the creative work place particularly in the area of Film and Television, Drama and Documentary production.

The course will equip you with a range of specialisms suited to this diverse and competitive field.

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Game Art and Design - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

Designed with computer games experts, this course provides specialist education to help you succeed in this expanding industry. With expectations for realistic and imaginative graphics and play increasing, you’ll learn how to bring your ideas to life to create the next generation of computer games. As well as gaining technical knowledge, you’ll develop your creative flair and professional skills for employment.

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Graphic Communication - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

This Graphic Communication Foundation Degree is a recognised qualification accredited by Cardiff Metropolitan University that will give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the graphic arts.  Upon completion of the second year, you may choose to 'top-up' your qualification to gain a BA degree by studying for a final year at Cardiff Met.

This course encourages students to study the full range of Graphic Design subjects, incorporating traditional and newly-emerging forms of communication.  It is centred on creativity and covers a wide range of problem-solving skills that are applicable to a field that encompasses: print (digital and traditional), photography, information, editorial and publicity design, illustration and interactive web design.  The course also has a strong industry focus with links to local design companies.  The curriculum includes a diverse variety of experimental and commercial briefs.

Graphic Communication is an exciting discipline that brings together creative thinking skills with a very broad range of practical media, from making marks with pencil and paper to current software applications.  You will study a broad range of creative media techniques including narrative image making, layout design and moving image.

 

Please note: You can apply for this course either through UCAS or directly with the College.
If applying via UCAS please use the following details:
Course Code W213, University Code C20, Campus Code = 8

 

What is a Foundation Degree? 

Foundation Degrees integrate academic and work-based learning through collaboration between employers and programme providers. They are intended to equip learners with skills and knowledge relevant to industry and to encourage participation by learners who may not previously have considered studying for a higher level qualification. Foundation Degrees provide a self-standing qualification but also offer progression opportunities for further study. For more information regarding the defining characteristics of Foundation Degrees you may refer to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Foundation Degrees Benchmark Statement

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Graphic Communication - Foundation Degree Level 4+Barry

This Graphic Communication Foundation Degree is a recognised qualification acredited by Cardiff Metropolitan University that will give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the graphic arts. Upon completion of the second year, you may choose to 'top-up' your qualification to gain a BA degree by studying for a final year at Cardiff Met.

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Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

Cardiff & Vale College specialises in offering courses that develop technical skills and knowledge alongside business acumen for management careers in the hospitality, tourism and events industries.   The interdependence of the fast-paced, high customer contact tourism and hospitality sectors provide the focus for this programme.

Using an approach which combines management and business specialisms, the programme explores contemporary issues in hospitality and tourism and has an international focus.  The events industry is a fast-growing sector increasingly used as a vehicle for economic activities. This module will introduce you to the industry and develop your awareness of the diverse profile of events. You will also develop an understanding of the motivations for the market demand and the impact this has on a variety of stakeholders.

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Performing Arts - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

This Foundation Degree in Performing Arts is designed for those interested in acting or working in the performing arts industry. The programme will help you to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding that will prepare you for employment in the performing arts industry and/or further academic study.

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Photography - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

We are not currently accepting applications for 2017 entry. This course will be available for September 2018 entry.

 

The Foundation Degree Photography programme of study focuses on both the creative development, and industry specific knowledge and skills, required for students to practice as professionals within the creative industries.  You will be introduced to a wide range of digital and traditional equipment. You will become familiar with industry standard editing and post production techniques and software. You will be encouraged to develop your technical skills to a professional standard and there is strong emphasis on creative and critical engagement.

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Popular Music Technology - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

This Foundation Degree in Popular Music Technology is an exciting and innovative two-year, full-time course (levels 4 & 5) It provides you with the opportunity to research, practice and study around the themes designed to meet the fast pace of the Popular Music performance and recording Industry. The course aims to give students a range of specialisms suited to this diverse and competitive field.

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Product Design Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

FdA Product Design will allow you to develop a range of design skills across many areas of Product Design including, Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Computer Graphics, Branding Design, Set and Prop Design and Spatial Design.

Central to the practice will be the study of materials and workshop processes to create models and prototypes, critical thinking, 3D computer modeling, visual communication and historical and contemporary design in context.

The structure of the course also offers you the opportunity to gather strong business perspective and undertake a work placement within industry.

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Professional Culinary Arts Management Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

Cardiff & Vale College is a leading provider of innovative courses with our well-developed links with industry guiding the design and delivery of our programmes.  The Culinary Arts Management programme will focus on preparing you for employment by teaching you how to apply theory in the workplace so you learn and develop the skills you need for working in a professional culinary environment. 

The course has been designed to enable students to enter employment with the potential of making an immediate contribution to the effectiveness of the organisation.  Culinary Arts practitioners are employed as Head Chefs, Sous Chefs, Restaurant Managers working in hotels, restaurants, themed pubs, conference venues, exhibition facilities, corporate and sports centres, catering businesses and in many other forms of culinary or hospitality contexts.

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Psychology Foundation Degree Level 4+Barry

Psychology is an exciting, real-world science and this course provides a unique insight into how we behave. Many jobs put psychology into practice, from management and human resources to managing a factory shop floor, or running a business. The only one of its kind in the region, this course combines academic study with work placements designed to highlight the range of different careers available. You will also have an opportunity to try out specialist equipment and scientific software through guest sessions at the University of South Wales’s Pontypridd Campus.

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Public and Emergency Services - HND Level 4+Cardiff

The HND Public and Emergency Services course will give you a strong practical and academic grounding in how Public, Emergency and Armed services operate, are organised and are managed. You’ll have the chance to complete work placements, or work on projects with Public Organisations. This will not only enhance your studies but also give you valuable real-life experience in the workplace and help you to prepare for your career.

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Service Sector Management - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

Cardiff & Vale College specialises in offering courses that develop technical skills and knowledge alongside business acumen for management careers.  The Foundation Degree in Service Sector Management is designed to offer an appropriate Higher Education progression route for students who have completed level 3 vocational qualifications in areas such as Hair & Beauty, Catering & Hospitality, Construction and Built environment and other service sector industries e.g retail. Additionally, the course would be appropriate for small business owners who operate in the service sector and wish to enrol upon a course that could help them develop as a person and help to develop their business. In addition to including a range of contemporary business modules, the course also aims to develop the individual; important as many professional bodies and Sector Skill Councils are prioritising the development of professional skills and competencies in addition to subject based knowledge.
As many students will go on to run their own business or work for large corporate clients, course content covers key areas such as managing customers & quality, entrepreneurship & business start –up and managing people. Students will have the opportunity to complete 60 credits of WBL specifically linked to their vocational discipline.

 

 

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Sport Coaching & Performance - HND Level 4+Cardiff

The HND Sport Coaching & Performance course is aimed at people who have a desire and commitment to gain an understanding of Sport Coaching and intend on pursuing a career within the Sports or Leisure Industry.

The course will be based at the Cardiff International Sports Campus in Leckwith, which has state of the art facilities and acts as a central hub for the college’s sports provision.

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Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation & Massage - HND Level 4+Cardiff

The HND in Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage will provide an opportunity for students to prepare to work in the growing leisure and professional sport industry.  It will also develop skills that meet aspects of the wider health and wellbeing agenda.

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Youth & Social Care - Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

The FdA in Youth and Care studies has been specifically designed to meet the localised and regional needs of the youth and care sector. It is an integrated course that combines the theoretical concepts that relate to young people, caring for them and helping them to care for themselves, whilst working within the broader care sector.  This includes residential care settings, homeless hostels, supported lodgings for young people, youth offending programs.  

Students will develop a flexible and reflective approach to professional practice founded on the principles and ethos of working with young people within a social care setting.  They will develop an increased awareness of the different roles and functions of statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations and the different constraints within the current policy context.  This programme involves placement opportunities for students within a range of organisations that reside within the youth and care sector which will help to broaden horizons and develop a critical understanding of the roles and responsibilities organisations play to deliver positive outcomes for young people and other service users within the care sector. 

 

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BEng(Hons) Aircraft Engineering Level 4+Rhoose

This Aircraft Engineering Degree is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in aircraft maintenance. This innovative programme teaches the knowledge and practical skills needed to gain a degree qualification and also covers the work detailed in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) category B1.1 aircraft maintenance engineering licence syllabus (part-66).

The Compact Scheme at Kingston University aims to support the access, transition and success of individuals from groups under-represented in higher education.

It is available for mature learners, care leavers, students with a disability or specific learning difference, first generation applicants (ie those whose parents have not been to university) and those who have a household income below £25,000.

 This will give you an opportunity to apply for the Kingston University Bursary.

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/fair-access/compact-scheme/

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Part Time

Preparing to Teach Level 4+Cardiff

This professional education course, offered in collaboration with the University of South Wales, is available to anyone who teaches or wishes to teach young people and adults. It is suited to those who wish to teach in continuing and post compulsory education. This includes higher, further and adult education, training within commerce, industry, the public services and Her Majesty's forces, as well as youth worker training.

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Preparing to Teach Level 4+Barry

This professional education course, offered in collaboration with University of Wales, Newport, is available to anyone who teaches or wishes to teach young people and adults. It is suited to those who wish to teach in continuing and post compulsory education. This includes higher, further and adult education, training within commerce, industry, the public services and Her Majesty's forces, as well as youth worker training.

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Ceramics - Foundation Degree Level 4+Barry

This part-time Foundation Degree in Ceramics aims to encourage your creative flair, while giving you the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the Ceramics industry.
 
Using a mix of lectures, seminars, technical workshops, demonstration and supervised studio activities, you will develop the technical skills used in the forming process such as throwing, plaster forming and hand building. You’ll also have the opportunity to experiment and develop your own glazes to use on your work and gain instruction on the use of kilns and the different firing effects.

To underpin these practical skills, you will also gain an understanding of ceramic theory and how contemporary studio ceramics is practiced and promoted, facilitating self-reflection, critical analysis and encouraging professional standards of work.
 
The lecturing staff are practicing ceramicists with links to the industry. This supports the work based learning element of the programme, which gives students the opportunity to use their acquired skills in the workplace, gain experience and enhance their employability.

 

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Computing - HND Level 4+Cardiff

This Computing HND course is for learners who wish to gain a Higher Level Computing qualification or work in the IT & Computing industry.  It is also suitable for those already working in IT who want to progress their career.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, practical work in our state of the art facilities and using Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The methods of assessment differ for each module studied; assignment work, examinations or tests are used throughout the programme.

 

 

 

 

 

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Computing - HND Level 4+Barry

 

This Computing HND course is for learners who wish to gain a Higher Level Computing qualification or work in the IT & Computing industry.  It is also suitable for those already working in IT who want to progress their career. 

 

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, practical work in our state of the art facilities and using Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The methods of assessment differ for each module studied; assignment work, examinations or tests are used throughout the programme.

 

 

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Contemporary Textile Practice - Foundation Degree Level 4+Barry

The Foundation Degree in Contemporary Textile Practice will enable you to explore your creative side, while giving you the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the Textiles industry.


Using a mix of lectures, seminars, technical workshops, demonstration and supervised studio activities, you will develop an understanding and awareness of the nature of textile materials, a working knowledge of elected technical skills in print, stitch and embroidery, and the opportunity to engage with contemporary design practice. The curriculum covers the key areas of drawing, colour theory, studio design techniques, understanding and experimentation with different types of materials and the use of digital media.


The course has a commercial focus and students will gain an understanding of the Textiles industry and business practice. To enable this there is a significant work based learning element to the programme, which gives students the opportunity to use their acquired skills, gain experience and enhance their employability.

Students also have the opportunity to top-up their qualification to a BA (Hons) Textiles offered by Cardiff Metropolitan University

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Graphic Communication - Foundation Degree Level 4+Barry

This Graphic Communication Foundation Degree is a recognised qualification acredited by Cardiff Metropolitan University that will give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the graphic arts. Upon completion of the second year, you may choose to 'top-up' your qualification to gain a BA degree by studying for a final year at Cardiff Met. 

This course encourages students to study the full range of Graphic Design subjects, incorporating traditional and newly-emerging forms of communication. It is centred on creativity and covers a wide range of problem-solving skills that are applicable to a field that encompasses: print (digital and traditional), photography, information, editorial and publicity design, illustration and interactive web design. The course also has a strong industry focus with links to local design companies. The curriculum includes a diverse variety of experimental and commercial briefs.

Graphic Communication is an exciting discipline that brings together creative thinking skills with a very broad range of practical media, from making marks with pencil and paper to current software applications. You will study a broad range of creative media techniques including narrative image making, layout design and moving image.

 

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Healthcare Play Specialism Foundation Degree Level 4+Cardiff

This is a 2-year part-time qualification, validated by the University of West London, for play assistants working within a healthcare setting. Developed in collaboration with the Hospital Play Staff Education Trust (HPSET), this programme has been designed to enable you, as a Level 3 Practitioner, to undertake the additional academic study and practice skills development required to work towards gaining graduate status. as a healthcare play specialist  From the beginning you will be actively developing study skills and extending the knowledge and understanding necessary to develop your skills when working with sick children, young people and their families.

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ProfCE PcET Professional Certificate of Education (PcET) / PgCE PcET Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) Level 4+Cardiff

The ProfCE PcET Professional Certificate of Education (PcET) /PgCE PcET Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) is the qualification required to become a qualified lecturer in a further education college or other post-16 environment.

To study this teacher training course you must secure a teaching placement before you start the course.

If you have a degree, you will complete the course with a PgCE PcET Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) qualification. All others completing the course will gain a ProfCE PcET Professional Certificate of Education (PcET). Both qualifications enable to you to be a fully qualified teacher or lecturer in an FE or other post compulsory education or training environment.

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ProfCE PcET Professional Certificate of Education (PcET) / PgCE PcET Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) Level 4+Barry

The ProfCE PcET Professional Certificate of Education (PcET) /PgCE PcET Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) is the qualification required to become a qualified lecturer in a further education college or other post-16 environment.

To study this teacher training course you must secure a teaching placement before you start the course.

If you have a degree, you will complete the course with a PgCE PcET Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) qualification. All others completing the course will gain a ProfCE PcET Professional Certificate of Education (PcET). Both qualifications enable to you to be a fully qualified teacher or lecturer in an FE or other post compulsory education or training environment.

 

 

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Education, Learning and Development - Foundation Degree Level 4+Barry

This Education, Learning and Development Foundation Degree course, accredited by the University of South Wales is suitable for experienced Learning Support Assistants currently working within primary education.  Students would normally have prior experience within an early years or primary setting. 

This course will:
•Enable you to improve your work in learning support in your school
•Provide a basis for professional practice that is skilled, aware and informed
•Provide an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in undertaking your role
•Provide a qualification that is based on relevant national standards
•Provide a supportive, developmental structure for work-based learning

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Education: Learning and Development BA (Hons) Top-up Level 4+Cardiff

The revalidated BA (Hons) Education: Learning and Development programme will enable you to achieve an honours degree whilst studying at a local college. The course aims to extend your knowledge and critical awareness of key issues and concepts relevant to the wider education sector.

 

 

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