STUDYING AT CNWL 2017 GUIDE TO COURSES FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS AND ADULTS SUCCESS STARTS HERE cnwl.ac.uk “A GOOD COLLEGE.” OFSTED 2016
College of North West London has 3 CAMPUSES Our Willesden Campus is just 5 minutes walk from DOLLIS HILL STATION (Jubilee line, zone 3) and close to major roads and rail network. WEMBLEY PARK DOLLIS HILL Opposite Wembley Park tube station (Jubilee/Metropolitan Line, Zone 4). A short walk from Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena and London Designer Outlet shopping and leisure complex. The King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre (10 minutes walk from King’s Cross station) offers training, apprenticeships and employment advice and opportunities to people looking to start a career within construction or those who are interested in furthering their career within the industry. 6000 1200 1000 ADULT STUDENTS (19+) studying full-time, part-time or short courses. SCHOOL LEAVERS (16-18) studying full-time courses. APPRENTICES training with us one day per week as part of their employment. We also have a select group of under-16s studying vocational qualifications with us as part of their school programme. In the last year our students have qualified for the national ‘WorldSkills UK’ finals in IT Solutions for Business and Plastering. Students have have also won national competitions in Hairdressing and Beauty and regional awards in Carpentry and Web Design, and been runner up for the past two years in the nationwide ‘Market Maker’ entrepreneurship competition. We run courses in around 20 subject areas with particular specialisms including Construction, Engineering, Science, Welding, Sport, Public Services, Childcare and Hairdressing. Some of our training facilities, for example in Refrigeration and Gas Engineering, are unique in London and attract students from a wide area. Each year we welcome around:
Achievement rates Overall Overall Achievement rate 2014-15: 83% Achievement rate 2015-16: 87% Expected to put us in the top 3 of London Colleges. Achievement rate is percentage of people starting a course who gain the qualification Apprenticeship achievement rate 15% above national average 94% of our students say “I am happy with my College” 95% of our students say “I am consistently challenged to do my best” 94% of our students say “The College listens to students to improve its services” (from the 2015-16 learner survey of over 600 students) What our students say A small selection of quotes about CNWL from our students in the 2016 learner survey: “ My teacher is very helpful, she has good skills and knowledge.” Computing student “ I am really interested in my course. My teachers are helpful for me in the way that they are explaining the tasks and challenge me to do my best.” Science student “ My teacher has a very interesting way of teaching and helps us understand things.” Maths student “ I strongly like to come to this college and also recommend to my family and friends.” Salon student “ I am happy with the college and all my teachers. I feel safe and relaxed in the college.” Business student “ The support this college is giving to the students is amazing, l see this college as a great opportunity for people who can’t afford university or people who are already at work.” HND computing student “ This College listens to students and makes sure that everyone is getting the right support.” English student “ I love my college and we respect our teacher, she looks out for her students and supports and helps our lessons. Honestly, it’s a beautiful place to study with good teachers. When you need support staff put you on the right track.” English student “ The college is improving all the time, the teaching is good and everything we need to know is explained and demonstrated. Well done for your hard work regarding all the courses.” Construction student
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The College was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in its 2016 report. Particular areas for praise from Ofsted were: Teaching and learning - the College’s staff are described as “knowledgeable and highly skilled and use their expertise… to develop students’ skills and knowledge.” Student support is “highly effective, [helping students] to make good progress.” As London’s skills college, our courses are designed to help prepare you for success in your career. We are the supplier of choice to many employers training their workforce, supporting over 1000 apprentices per year. We have great London locations at King’s Cross, Willesden and Wembley Park. You will learn from skilled and trained teachers, many of whom have current or recent industry experience. We will welcome you, help you settle in, ensure you are on the right course and support you to succeed. ALL our students can download Microsoft Office programs (Word, Powerpoint etc) on to up to 5 devices for FREE! Find out more: www.cnwl.ac.uk/success 05 cnwl.ac.uk WHY CHOOSE US?
06 When you come to join a course at CNWL, we will ensure that you are put onto the level of course most suitable for you. The course level will enable you to develop and build your skills, while also giving you the best opportunity to succeed, pass and progress. Most courses at CNWL range from ‘entry’ level (basic skills) through to Level 3 (A Level equivalent). The level you start on depends on your existing skills and qualifications. To decide what level you will start on, we will: • Consider what course you want to do and what experience you have in that subject • Look at your existing qualifications (e.g. GCSEs) especially English and Maths • In some cases, you will do an ‘initial assessment’ - this is not an exam, but a way of seeing the best level for you to start your studies at. Many of our students start with us at Level 3, while many more progress through a range of levels to reach their ambitions. CNWL also teach a range of Higher Education (HE) courses. To find out more, ask us, look out for Level 4 or 5 courses under www.cnwl.ac.uk/courses or see www.cnwl.ac.uk/HE SUCCESS STARTS HERE COURSE LEVELS
KEY: 1 16-18 2 Adults 3 Taught at Wembley Park 4 Taught at Willesden 5 Taught at King’s Cross 6 Part-time 7 Full-time 8 Short course available 9 Higher Education course available Apprenticeships 10 Accountancy Beauty Therapy Brickwork Business Carpentry and Joinery Childcare Computing and IT Construction Skills Electrical Installation Engineering (Mechanical) English ESOL and EFL Football Academy with Chelsea FC Foundation Hairdressing 1 2 3 6 7 9 10 Health and Social Care 1 2 3 6 7 8 10 Maths 1 2 4 5 6 7 10 Media 1 2 4 6 7 1 2 3 4 6 1 4 7 1 2 3 6 7 9 10 Painting and Decorating 1 2 4 5 6 7 10 1 2 4 5 6 7 10 Plastering 1 2 4 6 7 10 Plumbing 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 Public Services 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Radio 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 10 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 1 2 4 6 7 10 Science 1 2 3 4 6 7 Sport and Fitness 1 2 3 4 6 7 Supported Learning 1 3 7 Teaching 1 2 3 6 7 8 10 Welding and Fabrication Get course details from our website: www.cnwl.ac.uk/courses or contact our course information centre on 020 8208 5050 or email@example.com. Alternatively drop in to one of our campuses and talk to someone. We also have a new range of e-learning courses. See www.cnwl.ac.uk for details. 1 2 4 5 6 7 10 1 2 4 5 6 7 10 1 2 4 7 1 2 4 7 8 1 2 4 6 7 10 1 2 4 7 2 4 6 8 1 2 4 7 2 3 4 6 9 1 2 4 6 7 8 07 cnwl.ac.uk COURSES
JOINING THE COLLEGE 08 It is easy to apply and join the college. You can apply following the course links on our website, by post (we’ll send you a form if you contact us) or in person. We also run many open events and enrolment sessions during the year. Our enrolment days are open to all and take place in late summer. Please check www.cnwl.ac.uk/enrol for full details Open evenings: Young people, adult learners and parents all welcome. For the next date see: www.cnwl.ac.uk/open-evening AGED 16-19? Students under 19 are enrolled onto a study programme. Alongside your main vocational course you will take part in other classes and activities that help you on the road to your ambitions. Depending on your GCSE grades when you join us, your Study Programme could include: • Main qualification • Tutorial • English and Maths • Work Skills activities (e.g. enterprise, employability) • Enrichment (e.g. sport, interest group activities) • Digital media programme (a groundbreaking communication and entrepreneurship course run in partnership with the Press Association). SUCCESS STARTS HERE
Ekene Okonkwo Supported Learning Ekene is a charming young man who has progressed significantly since starting College in 2013. He has developed his communication skills and is always cheerful and willing to try new things. He was one of our cross-college Students of the Year in 2016 and is back with us this year, hoping to develop the skills to progress to a Supported Internship programme at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He has learned lots of skills from participating in Enterprise sessions such as cooking and gardening, and is pictured here serving at a College function. Aaron O’Shea Football Academy Member “The reason I chose to go onto this course is because I love football and want to have a career in the game, even if it’s not playing it could be coaching.” “I am an active individual who enjoys playing di fferent sports, especially football. Since I started this course it has re-motivated me to gain a good qualification in sports science and go on to work in something I enjoy doing. The Level 3 sports science course can lead me into a professional job after university.” 09 cnwl.ac.uk
10 Abdulkadir Mohamed English and ICT student and CNWL Corporation Member Abdul started at the College on Entry 1 ESOL and has raced through levels of study so quickly that he is now on a Level 3 ICT course. He has also given a lot of his own time to representing his peers as a Class rep, ambassador and student council member. In 2016 he was chosen by other students to become a member of the College Corporation, its governing body. “Ever since I came here I have enjoyed being able to take responsibility. Starting out on the student council, it was a dream to become a governor because I enjoy working with people of different ages and interacting with staff. This College has given me many opportunities.” Amanda Astahova ICT student and WorldSkills UK regional winner and national finalist Amanda won the Gold Medal in the IT Software Solutions for Business category in the WorldSkills UK Southern Region heats in June 2016. CNWL students also won six other medals in IT categories. “I am very proud to have been invited to take part today and winning first place is fantastic. At this College I have been able to come through from learning basic Maths and English to studying advanced IT, and I’m now working hard preparing for the finals of the national competition.”
An apprenticeship is a training programme for people in employment. We work with around 1000 apprentices from several hundred employers every year. Many students progress from full-time qualifications at CNWL into apprenticeship roles once they have the skills and qualifications to get onto the career ladder. We currently run apprenticeship training programmes in over 20 professions including Business Administration, Care, Construction, Civil Engineering, Electrical Installation and Salon Services. We are one of only two colleges training Building Services and Civil Engineering apprentices for the prestigious Technician Apprenticeship Consortium. One of our apprentices was named Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 Consultancy and Engineering Awards (see p14). Our apprenticeship achievement rate is 15% ABOVE National Average (CNWL 84%, National Average 69%) 11 cnwl.ac.uk APPRENTICESHIPS
STUDENT SUPPORT 12 CNWL provides a range of services for all students, to help ensure your time with us is successful and enjoyable. FINANCIAL SUPPORT Choosing to study is making an investment in your future. If you need help with the costs of being a student, our team of professional advisers will help you understand and apply for what is available. Students at CNWL access a range of financial support depending on their personal circumstances. For more details see www.cnwl.ac.uk/support, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to us at an open evening/enrolment day. Financial support available includes: • Hardship Fund (available to 16-18s and adult learners) • Advanced Learning Loan (see: www.cnwl.ac.uk/finance) • Higher Education fees and maintenance loans (see: www.gov.uk/student-finance) RESOURCES AT WILLESDEN AND WEMBLEY CAMPUSES • Starbucks coffee shops (both campuses) • Hot and cold food cafes and vending machines (both campuses) • Open Learning Environment (Wembley Park) • Learning Resource Centre (Willesden Campus) • Student Room (Willesden Campus) • Hair and Beauty Salons (Wembley Park) RESOURCES AT KING’S CROSS The Campus has vending machines and social areas. There are many cafes, shops and social spaces within a short walk.
Ivan Valenzuela Public Services “I know people who recommended this college to me and the Public Services course caught my eye. I admire people who are heroes, who do special things for their community and provide protection for people. I’ve been doing the course for a year and already I understand a lot more about work in the services - communication, teamwork and the importance of fitness. The lessons are good and we are competitive with each other in the fitness sessions. It is good to be given individual targets. I’ve progressed from Level 2 to 3 and am studying GCSE English and maths as well. I see myself maybe working in the fire and rescue service in the future, but I am enjoying everything about the course and will see where it takes me!” Sitara Nabi Sitara entered the AHT (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) National Finals in Blackpool and won an award in the ‘Fantasy’ Category. You can see why in this amazing photo taken of her model at the judging stage! Sitara’s tutor said: “She is creative and shows attention to detail. All the skills she has learned on the course are on display in her work.” Sitara’s classmate, Vanessa Odenyiyi, won first place in the African Styling category at the same competition. 13 cnwl.ac.uk
14 Sanna Shabir Construction Apprentice and Award Winner Sanna was the winner of the national Apprentice of the Year Award at the Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) Awards 2016. She was also shortlisted for the Apprentice Award at the Builder & Engineer Awards 2015. Sanna is pictured at the ACE Awards with host Steph McGovern, BBC Business Editor. “I’m proud to have been shortlisted for two awards as an Apprentice and very honoured to have won the ACE Award. I applied for the awards and was given great support by my employer, Atkins, as well as by my assessor at the college. I am planning to study at Uni on a day-release basis after completing the Advanced Apprenticeship. It is very nice to get the mix of work and learning, especially in civil engineering.” Danny Fontana Level 2 Electrical Installation “I studied Level 1 electrical last year at another college and decided to carry on with my training to improve my skills and prospects. King’s Cross Construction Centre is a positive place for me, the group gets on well and there is a good atmosphere in class. I want to run my own electrical business one day but first I’ll get qualified and develop more skills in employment. Already this year I’ve learnt a lot more than last year, like ring mains and two-way switches. We’re in practical sessions half the time, and what we do in the classroom relates to the workshop skills.”
The college runs a wide range of activities open to all students including: • Sports • Trips • Cultural Celebrations, parties and other events • Competitions and talent shows • Outdoor gym and all-weather sports court Over 4000 attendances at sports and social activities organised by the College. Students who took part in the Student Activity Programme were 10% Source: 2015 college statistics more likely to succeed in their course. HAVING YOUR SAY! All students are members of the students union, and have the opportunity to get involved in the running of the college through the student council. We are committed to listening to students and using that feedback to improve college services and your experience at CNWL. At CNWL you will have the opportunity to take part in a huge range of out-of-class activities. But it doesn’t stop there. We make sure students get the chance to be involved in creating and running events, which helps you develop a range of administrative, organisational and teamworking skills and experiences that will be valuable when you move on from college. 15 cnwl.ac.uk HAVING FUN
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