FULL TIME PROSPECTUS 2021/2022 hsdc.ac.uk/alton
HSDC ALTON OPEN EVENTS Thursday 15 October 2020 Wednesday 11 November 2020 Saturday 6 March 2021
HSDC Alton Old Odiham Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2LX | 01420 592200
Welcome Course types & entry requirements Courses Business, Law and Economics Creative Industries English and Languages Health & Social Care, Early Years and Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Sport & Public Services Vocational and Foundation Learning Everything else you need to know
It is an exciting time for HSDC Alton: we have broadened the range of courses on offer and renovated some of our facilities. The continual improvement, adaptation and integration of the three campuses which make up HSDC means more opportunities for students. We continue to be committed to providing the highest level of teaching and learning possible in order for students to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions, whether at university, in an apprenticeship or in employment. Education transforms lives.
I look forward to welcoming you to HSDC and helping you discover your future career.
Mike Gaston Principal & CEO
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Hello and welcome to HSDC Alton, one of the three campuses which make up the HSDC family. Whatever your education goals, we have a course to fit your career aspirations. We provide an inspiring and outstanding bridge between school and Higher Education or employment. Students come to Alton because of our reputation for excellence. We are constantly exceeding the national average in qualifications and provide excellent preparation for students’ future ambitions. Our results speak for themselves - last year our students aged 16-18 once again achieved excellent results with an overall pass rate of 98% in A Level subjects and 96% across Vocational courses, including a 100% pass rate across 24 A Level subjects and 39 Vocational subjects. An outstanding 87% of students who took the Extended Project Qualification achieved A*-C.
We are very proud of our innovative College Day. One of the benefits of studying at Alton is the 10am start. This, as well as a fresh approach to timetabling, is grounded in academic research and follows international models to enable the best learning environment for young people. Don’t forget to take a look at our Aspire programme for gifted and talented students. It has been designed to ensure students maximise their potential and to get you ready to apply to competitive courses at university, including at The Russell Group and Oxbridge Universities. As well as going on to Higher Education, our students enter a wide and exciting range of careers and Apprenticeships in all sorts of fields. We’ll help and support you to achieve your goals, whatever they might be. We look forward to meeting you and to welcoming you to the Alton community. Jon Head of Campus
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When picking a course you may want to think about: • What subjects do you enjoy? • What subjects are you good at? • Do you prefer hands-on or classroom-based learning? • Are you happier doing exams or coursework? • How much work experience do you want? • What’s your end goal?
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These are ideal if you want to study more than one subject. You can pick three different subjects that are taught alongside each other over a two year period. A Levels are taught in a classroom-based environment. Lessons will build on what you learnt at GCSE, alongside teaching you valuable t Levels T Levels split learning between 80% in the classroom and 20% on placement. You’ll have approximately 315 hours of industrial placement spread over the two years of your course. This gives you more time in a working environment than an A Level or Vocational course would, but more direct teaching time than you’d receive with an Apprenticeship. We will be offering T Levels in the following pathways from September 2021: Education and Childcare Health — Supporting the Adult Nursing team Digital Production, Design & Development T Level qualifications are equivalent to three A Levels, so they have the same entry requirements: five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics.
analytical and research skills that prepare you for further study at university level. General entry requirements for A Levels are five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics. However, certain subjects may have specific entry requirements.
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ENTRY LEVEL An Entry Level Vocational course has no formal entry requirements and is ideal for you if you want to learn Vocational skills whilst developing your English and Mathematics. LEVEL 1 The Level 1 Vocational qualification is the equivalent to GCSE grades 3-1. Entry requirements for a Level 1 Vocational course is a pass at Entry Level, or GCSE grades 2 or above. LEVEL 2 A Merit at Level 2 is equivalent to four GCSEs at grade 4. In order to apply for one of our Level 2 Vocational courses you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or a pass in a related subject with a grade 3 in English Language and Mathematics. LEVEL 3 Level 3 Diplomas are equivalent to A Levels. Extended Diplomas are the equivalent to three A Levels and Single Diplomas are the equivalent to one A Level. You can combine Single Diplomas with other Single Diplomas or A Levels. Entry requirements for our Level 3 Vocational courses are a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above or a Merit in a Level 2 Vocational qualification in a related subject alongside GCSEs at grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics.
Vocational courses are not only great for hands-on learners, they’re also highly respected by universities and employers. A Vocational course will allow you to specialise in one subject, concentrating on teaching you practical skills. If you already know what sector you’d like to work in, you can get used to using industry-standard equipment you may come across in the workplace. Vocational courses are available at a range of levels so you can be confident that you’ll find a course to suit your abilities. CHOOSING A COURSE PROGRAMME THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU At HSDC Alton you can choose a mixed programme of exam and coursework-based subjects to suit your particular learning style. Some students thrive with timed formal exams and others find success with coursework or assignment-based assessment. A lot of our students find a balance between the two is best. For example, some of our students choose to study two A Levels with 100% assessment in exams at the end of the second year such as Mathematics or the Sciences. For their third subject, they select a course with continual assessment throughout and minimal exams such as CTEC Business, BTEC Engineering or Criminology. This means their workload is more evenly distributed throughout the two years and there is less pressure in the build-up towards final exams in the second year.
GCSE English and Mathematics are important qualifications. If you didn’t manage to get a grade 4 in either of these subjects at GCSE you’ll need to study these as part of your main study programme.
THE LONGER LESSONS Our timetable is designed with longer lessons to give opportunities for more dynamic and in depth learning, with a range of interesting activities and more time for support from your teacher. The longer lessons mean less stopping and starting and more time for you and your teachers to really get stuck into the topic. Longer lessons provide opportunities for more dynamic and in-depth learning, with a range of interesting activities and greater support. TUTOR GROUP SESSIONS Our tutor sessions take place at the end of the morning lesson with the teacher who has just taught you. They focus on your academic progress and development. You will also go to 'Forum' sessions covering a wide range of topical subjects and current affairs. Our innovative College day benefits the learning capacity and health of our students. Lessons start at 10am and finish at 4.15pm, giving you up to 50 hours more teaching time each year and greater scope for enrichment activities and work experience.
Our approach to timetabling is based on academic research into the optimum learning methods for teenagers. It provides: BETTER STUDY TIME • Up to 50 hours more teaching time each year • More in-depth study BETTER USE OF THE DAY • A later start means that you are ready to learn • Trapped time between lessons is reduced • Blocks of time enable study, work experience, enrichment activities or part- time employment • Less ‘school-like’ BETTER PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE • Longer lessons enable independent study skills and more support to better prepare you for life after College, at university and employment • The College is open from 8.30am – 5pm for independent study and workshops.
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“I really like the longer lessons. It means that your timetable doesn’t have little gaps of time and you have more time to explore other things like an EPQ or extra-curricular activities.”
Charlotte Larner Previously at The Petersfield School
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Bu S in e Ss, L a w,
With the opportunity to study Business, Law, and Economics you will be able to get to grips with some of the most important concepts and mechanisms that make our modern world what it is. As well as looking impressive on your CV, these highly respected qualifications can open doors to top universities and very well paid careers. So, if you have what it takes to succeed, come and discover this world of rewarding academic endeavour.
AVERAGE SALARY IN THE LOCAL AREA BETWEEN 2020-2021 £42,100
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BUSINESS A Level
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Teaching & Learning Most lessons are classroom-based and we use laptops, IT suites and your mobile phones to do research tasks. You will look at case studies of popular companies to practise analysis and evaluation skills, which are essential for answering exam questions. You will use Google Classroom to share work, interact with your fellow students and complete online knowledge checks. Our experienced staff are familiar with exam board mark schemes, focusing on essay techniques to maximise your marks. Assessment – 100% exam – Three 2-hour exams taken in your final year, which consist of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and unseen case studies with essay-style questions. Progression Students from this course successfully progress into employment or onto degree courses such as Business Studies, Business Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting, Business Enterprise and Management Studies, as well as a range of combined degree subjects. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English and Mathematics). It is not necessary to have studied Business at GCSE to take A Level.
Overview Do you watch TV and social media adverts and question what they are trying to achieve? See young entrepreneurs worth millions and wonder how they did it? Do you marvel when your boss makes changes in your part time job which motivates the staff to work harder? Do you admire the great business leaders like James Dyson, Levi Roots and Deliciously Ella? Then you might enjoy Business A Level. Business reaches into all our lives and during this course we explore the not-for-profit organisations like the BBC and charities, as well as the successful (and not-so-successful) companies that you have heard of like Apple and Nike. We explore ethics and how businesses are adapting to environmental pressures and political and economic changes. You will also learn how businesses make a profit. Structure All Business courses at College or university study the four main functional areas below which you will cover in Year 1: – What makes a great leader? How do you motivate staff to work harder? (Human Resources) – What is the best way to target customers to buy a product? (Marketing) – What is the difference between cash flow and profit? (Finance) – How do fast food restaurants maximise efficiency? (Operation) In Year 2 we look at more strategic issues like, should companies launch new products and into which markets? How big a role should ethics and environmental concerns play in decisions? And how do investors decide which companies are going to succeed?
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BUSINESS Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Level 3 (=3 A LEVELS)
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
There are 13 mandatory units, including: The Business Environment, Business Decisions, Accountings Concepts, Principles of Project Management and International Business. You then choose two optional units from the list below:
Overview Businesses are the heart of the economy. Business develops innovation, creates wealth within communities and is the leader in developing the skills of the UK workforce. The OCR Cambridge Technical qualification in Business uses a range of units to introduce a number of key business concepts, such as how businesses manage their resources; whether human, financial or operational. The importance of marketing will also be investigated and there will be an opportunity for you to create your own promotional campaign for a product. You’ll experience business recruitment processes and create and interpret financial accounts. These courses are ideal training for the modern workplace. Structure Our Technical qualifications in Business develop students’ core skills and understanding of the requirements of the business sector. Students gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to focus on specific topics such as human resources, marketing, accounting and business planning. – Marketing — how marketing managers decide on the pricing, packaging and promotion for their products; including what colours, sizes and features it should have. – Human Resources — how businesses recruit and retain staff, through a combination of rewards and training. – Finance — why is Jones the Bootmaker losing money? How will Vodafone raise the money to build their 5G network?
– Marketing Strategy – Marketing Campaign – Financial Accounting – Management Accounting – Resource Management – Business Operations Teaching & Learning
Lesson activities are wide ranging. You will use case studies to explore how businesses have acted and role play to practice interview skills. You’ll also use computer models to see what happens when you make decisions and you’ll have the opportunity to hear from speakers to help bring the topic to life. Assessment There are 15 different units over the two years. Six of the mandatory units are examined. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English and Mathematics).
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BUSINESS Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Level 3 (=1 A LEVEL)
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Optional Units: (choose two) – Business Decisions – Marketing and Market Research – Human Resources – Accounting Concepts – Principles of Project Management – Responsible Business Practice – International Business – Business Events – Being Entrepreneurial Teaching & Learning
Overview The OCR Cambridge Technical qualification in Business uses a range of units to introduce a number of key business concepts, such as how businesses manage their resources; whether human, financial or operational. The importance of marketing will also be investigated and there will be an opportunity for you to create your own promotional campaign for a product. You’ll experience business recruitment processes and create and interpret financial accounts. These courses are ideal training for the modern workplace. Structure Our Technical qualifications in Business develop students’ core skills and understanding of the requirements of the business sector. Students gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to focus on specific topics such as human resources, marketing, accounting and business planning. – Marketing — how marketing managers decide on the pricing, packaging and promotion for their products; including what colours, sizes and features it should have. – Human Resources — how businesses recruit staff, then, how they keep them through a combination of rewards and training. – Finance — why is Jones the Bootmaker losing money? How will Vodafone raise the money to build
Lesson activities are wide ranging. You will use case studies to explore how businesses have acted and role play to practice interview skills. You’ll also use computer models to see what happens when you make decisions and you’ll have the opportunity to hear from speakers to bring the topic to life. Assessment There are five different units over the two years, including three mandatory and two optional. Two of the mandatory units are examined. One of the optional units may be examined. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English and Mathematics).
their 5G network? Mandatory Units: – Unit 1 — The Business Environment – Unit 2 — Working in Business – Unit 4 — Customers and Communication
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BUSINESS Cambridge Technical Diploma Level 2
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 1 year
Teaching & Learning Lessons activities are wide ranging, with lessons taking place in both classrooms and computer rooms. Students have time to complete their coursework and partake in work experience. Assessment – 100% coursework, with practical units. – All internal units will be assessed and graded by your teachers. At the end of the course, points gained will combine to form an overall grade. You can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. All assessments are completed through assignments. Progression Many students look to progress to the level 3 programme, either in the Extended or Introductory Diploma (Business or IT). For this progression, students are required to achieve a Merit overall. Students can also progress to A Level, but are required to achieve a Distinction overall. Entry Requirements You will need a Grade 3 profile at GCSE. You should also have an interest in the Business World.
Overview The subject of Business is concerned with looking at the world of business and how businesses are created in terms of how they are organised, staffed and financed. The OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma is a one-year course, including one week of work experience, where students will be given the opportunity to develop their employability prospects and develop their verbal and non-verbal communication skills. The course will interest students who wish to investigate the world of business, to gain future employment in the wide range of job opportunities that are available, or to progress onto the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business or the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT. Structure This course is made up of 10 units: – Business Purposes – Business Organisations – Financial Forecasting for Business – People in Organisations – The Marketing Plan – Training and Employment in Business – Personal Selling in Business – Customer Relations in Business – Business Online – Bookkeeping for Business
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ECONOMICS A Level
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
– Microeconomics: This unit looks at the supply and demand of both goods and labour. Have you ever wondered why the price of a Freddo Bar keeps increasing? Have you ever wondered why Gareth Bale earns in just seven days what many of his fans will earn in an entire decade? You will also play the role of the government. Should the NHS be privatised? Should the government put a minimum price on alcohol? – Macroeconomics: This unit looks into macroeconomic issues, such as inflation, unemployment, exports and imports and how these indicators affect the UK. Do you want to know how much influence the financial sector has on the UK economy? What is the role of the Bank of England? Is the HS2 a waste of resources? How much does the country owe and who do we owe the money to? Teaching & Learning You will encounter a variety of teaching techniques in class. There will be a certain amount of formal teaching plus opportunities for you to work individually or in groups. You will also develop your verbal skills by preparing presentations for the rest of the class. Videos and newspaper articles will be used as sources for research and class discussions, with the aim for linking economic theory to current issues.
Overview If you have a keen interest in current news stories regarding economic issues and are interested in how they affect you, then Economics is the course for you. You will study microeconomics and you will learn to understand the actions of governments, individual firms and consumers. For example, have you ever wondered why the price of an Apple iPhone has increased? Or why governments continue to increase the price of a packet of cigarettes and why consumers will continue to buy them? Have you ever watched the news and heard a story about the rate of inflation falling, or GDP rising and not understood? By studying macroeconomics, you will gain an insight into how the economy is managed. This will include looking at how a change of inflation, national income, unemployment and international trade could affect you. You will also gain knowledge on how to manage the economy by using monetary, fiscal and supply-side policies.
Assessment – 100% Exams
– Paper one: Microeconomics – Paper two: Macroeconomics – Paper three: Theme paper Entry Requirements
Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English and Mathematics). It is not necessary to have studied Economics at GCSE.
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FINANCIAL STUDIES Certificate/Diploma Level 3 (=1 A LEVEL)
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Assessment Each unit is examined externally through a multiple choice question exam and an exam based on a pre-release case study. Progression This course has equal status with other A Level courses for entry into Higher Education and is worth UCAS points. The course can also help with entry into careers such as insurance, banking, administration and the voluntary sector. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics. No prior knowledge of Financial Studies is required.
Overview This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make informed and sensible financial decisions and have an understanding of the role of larger financial organisations. Furthermore, your studies within this course will give you the tools to effectively plan your personal finances, as well as explore the socio-economic trends which impact on an individuals financial circumstances. Your core skills will be developed over the duration of this course, focussing on improving independent thinking, critical analysis, evaluation and verbal and written communication. This course will set you up for careers in banking, insurance, administration, voluntary work and many others, as well as awarding you with A Level equivalent UCAS points for entry to university or an Apprenticeship. This course will give you a Certificate or Diploma (depending on which units are taken) in Financial Studies. Structure Units you will cover are: – Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term – Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term – Sustainability of an Individual's Finances – Sustainability of the Financial Services System Teaching & Learning The course is taught mainly in a classroom environment through the use of worksheets, booklets and a dynamic use of IT. There are also appropriate visits and guest speakers.
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LAW A Level
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure – The Nature of the English Legal System: Understand how law is made and the role law plays in society, including how a case is taken to court. We will also consider the extent to which law achieves justice and whether law and morality are the same. – Criminal Law: Includes analysis of the non-fatal offences like assault and grievous bodily harm, as well as the fatal offences of murder and manslaughter, plus property offences such as robbery. – Tort: This is an area of Civil Law governing accidents and damage. You will be exploring the principles concerning negligence and other civil wrongs. – Law of Contract: Understand what is required to make an agreement legally enforceable and what steps can be taken if someone fails to keep their side of a bargain. Could you write a contract on a dead fish? Teaching & Learning You will learn in lots of different ways; through problem-solving, teacher-led discussion, quizzes and other activities. Learning will involve you working individually and in small and medium- sized groups, in which you will debate and share ideas. There will also be visits to courts and Parliament and talks from law professionals, plus the opportunity for you to take part in a mock trial and to access an extensive computer package offering lectures, cases and links to important legal resources. Through this approach, you will gain valuable employability skills, which will help you with further studies in the future and in any chosen career. Assessment – 100% examination. Three Exam Papers Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (Including English at grade 5 or above and Mathematics at grade 4 or above).
Overview Law has a significant influence on our daily lives and is a factor in many news items, films and TV programmes. When studying law, you’ll learn how it’s made and how the court system works. We will consider the nature of justice, and whether law and morality are the same. You will be able to identify criminal offences, such as murder and robbery, and criminal defences, including self-defence. You’ll also learn about the civil law topics of tort and contract, which will give you the opportunity to draft a legal agreement. We aim to develop your skills of analysis and evaluation in a variety of ways; primarily through problem-solving, discussion and essay writing. There are also opportunities to visit a Crown Court and the Houses of Parliament and to take part in a Bar Mock Trial competition. If you have a critical and enquiring mind, this course is for you.
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Everything we use has been designed and made by someone. Studying Creative Arts is all about nurturing your talent to produce something extraordinary. Within this practical and creative area you can benefit from all the help, support and facilities you need to grow and ultimately flourish alongside like‑minded people. As an artist, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
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3D DESIGN A Level
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Teaching & Learning All lessons are undertaken in a large and modern purpose-built design and make space, where you can move from designing to making seamlessly. A modern CAD suite, layout space, workbenches and traditional and modern machinery is all combined in the one space. Learning is achieved through project work and topic-based activities. Projects help you to gain confidence, design capability and practical skills and allow you to focus on your interests. Topics are either taught using online resources but more often you are provided with a topic overview and resources to guide your learning, in this way you can take more responsibility and be more engaged in acquiring knowledge. Assessment – 50% coursework: Design project. – 30% exam: Materials and Manufacturing. – 20% exam: Social, Moral, Environmental and Economic issues associated with Design. Progression Students who successfully complete this course can, and often do, move onto Higher Education or into employment along the following design based routes: Product designer, Industrial designer, Product engineer, Model-maker, Craft- worker, Production designer, Draughtsperson, CAD operator, Interior architect, Architect, Technologist, Ergonomist. The overwhelming feedback from our past students is that whatever your aspirations, this course will provide you with the challenges, knowledge and positive experiences to move forward with confidence. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4. In addition you must have a GCSE grade 5 or above in a creative or technical subject and a GCSE grade 4 or above in Mathematics.
Overview This course is intended to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be successful when applying for ‘three dimensional’ design-based employment or degree courses e.g. Product Design, Industrial Design, Modelmaking, Craft, Furniture etc. Because the course is creative, technical and both practical and academic, it has also proved to be an excellent foundation for students with artistic, architectural or engineering intentions. Designing uses a highly diverse set of skills and on this course, you will research, analyse, summarise, define, plan, develop, prove, calculate, communicate, process, fabricate, test, evaluate and modify. When you have completed this course, you will have a digital portfolio as evidence of your broad skill set and management capability. Structure Year 1 – Project: To design and prototype a unique yet appropriate product for an identified group of users. In this project you will study how people interact with products, then you will draw up concepts, use CAD to communicate and simulate products, and model and prototype the parts of a proposal. – Study: You will test material properties then learn about forming, joining and finishing processes for a range of materials e.g. casting, welding, plasma cutting, routing, milling, 3D printing etc. Year 2 – Project: To design and prototype a product, or space, for an identified client or group of users. In this project, you will analyse situations and plan a project, generate and develop solutions, produce a one-off or prototype and then test its feasibility. – Study: You will gain an understanding of the range of constraints, influences and opportunities that impact the work of Designers e.g. Culture and Society, Industrialisation, Sustainability, New Technologies, Human characteristics etc.
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ART AND DESIGN UAL Foundation Diploma Level 3/Level 4
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Teaching & Learning Experienced teaching staff will support and guide you across different pathways to use a range of Art & Design materials and approaches effectively; painting, printmaking, sculpture, Adobe Photoshop, photography, graphic layout, drawing, garment making and illustration utilise 2D, 3D and 4D skills in the physical and digital world. You will take part in group discussions and analysis of your own work and that of others. Investigations into historical and contemporary artists and designers are integrated into practical project work. There will be opportunities to take part in day trips to visit exhibitions, as well as overseas locations. New York, Iceland, San Francisco, Beijing and Saint Petersburg have been previous destinations. Assessment – 100% coursework. – The course concludes with a Level 4 Final Major Project in which you choose and investigate a creative topic that fits in with your skills and progression ambitions, with a public exhibition and private view. Progression Advancing to competitive Art & Design courses in Higher Education around the country. Seeking creative employment. Entry Requirements Applications to be submitted Oct/Dec. Portfolios submitted the week following Feb half term. Students may also be invited to an interview. Five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including English and Mathematics, and one A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification, preferably in a relevant creative subject.
Overview Our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a practical, one year full time course. It allows lots of freedom to develop personal style and creative direction. The course is recommended by many top universities prior to studying a degree within the creative industries. It is an invaluable bridge between A Level and vocational courses to Higher Education. You will find this course exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding. It is a chance to really explore your own personal interests, before making a commitment to employment, Higher Education or university, while gaining the necessary skills that are required for success at a higher level that have not previously been explored within A Level or Vocational studies. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career in Art & Design, this is the course for you. Structure On the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design you will study: – A range of challenging and creative projects, diagnostic in approach, that explore different aspects of Art & Design including Graphic Design, Fashion and Textile Design, Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, 3D Design and Animation. – Working in specialist areas from the start of the course. – Options to explore new specialism. – Build a sophisticated and ambitious portfolio. – Develop analytical and evaluative communication skills. – Designing for a better future. Engage in sustainable and ethical design practice.
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ART AND DESIGN A Level
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure You will study: – A range of projects that follow a series of
thematically based topics, to include “Journey”, “City” and “Portrait”. Workshop sessions will introduce you to a range of materials and techniques, allowing you the freedom to experiment with your own imagery and ideas. – In your second year, you will undertake a Personal Investigation in a specialist area of your own choice where you explore an aspect of Art & Design that interests you, this will involve producing sketchbooks and outcomes. The Personal Investigation will be supported with an essay (maximum 3000 words). Explorative sketchbook work to prepare you for the Externally Set Task with a topic set by the exam board. This component is followed from February of your second year culminating in a 15- hour timed period to produce your outcome. Teaching & Learning Lesson activities include plenty of time to develop your ideas and imagery with guidance from teaching staff alongside workshop sessions where new skills are delivered and critical discussion of students’ and artists’ work. You are encouraged to work in a range of media such as drawing, painting, collage, digital, 3D and printmaking. Art is directly relevant to a wide range of careers from Architect to Tattooist. The creative and independent way of thinking Art encourages is valuable in all walks of life. Assessment – 60% Personal Investigation – 40% Externally Set Task — including a 15-hour practical controlled exam Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4. We recommend a grade 5 in a creative or technical subject at GCSE, although in exceptional circumstances we do consider students without an Art qualification.
Overview This course focuses on Fine Art skills but is directly relevant to careers in Architecture, Illustration, Product Design, Graphic Design and Fashion. Creativity encourages and promotes independent thinking and can complement more academic studies. Visits to London galleries are offered on this course along with opportunities to experience cultural destinations abroad. Enthusiasm, good drawing ability and the resourcefulness to work independently are important qualities for students to be successful.
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ART AND DESIGN UAL Diploma Level 2
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 1 year
Teaching & Learning Activities are wide ranging and stimulating from theory based to practical exploration. You will develop your own ideas by researching into other artists and be encouraged to examine the world around you visually. You will work through a variety of techniques and learn to work with appropriate media, materials and processes. Art & Design students are expected to write about and annotate work, to express personal and creative ideas and produce final outcomes using a range of approaches and methods derived in textiles, graphic design and photography. Assessment – 100% coursework Entry Requirements You should have achieved a grade 3 profile at GCSE. You should have an interest in art related subjects.
Overview This one-year Vocational creative course will give you the opportunity to explore the various aspects of Art & Design. You will cover a wide range of units such as exploring the work of Artists and Designers, Graphic Design, Photography, Textile Design and producing art or design work for sale and exhibition. A highly practical course, ideal for you if you are aiming to progress towards Level 3 or a creative career. You will be guided by specialist staff and given the opportunity to experiment and expand your creative potential in our dedicated teaching rooms. Structure This course will provide you with an interest in Art & Design with the opportunity to explore the materials, methods and processes that support art and design activities, and to begin to develop some related technical skills.
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ART, DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma (=3 A LEVELS)
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Assessment – 100% coursework Progression
This highly practical course has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to a refined level of working within degree-level study in Art & Design, or into employment or an apprenticeship. Typically, students go on to study subject areas such as Illustration, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textiles, 3D Design, Photography, Textile Design and Animation. This course has an excellent reputation with universities and many strong links have been formed, one of these is our Thrive partnership with the University of the Creative Arts. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above and will need to show evidence of your creative work or portfolio at interview.
Overview This highly practical course is ideal for direct progression into Higher Education or creative careers. Year 2 gives the opportunity to specialise in a particular field and will give you the opportunity to visit a major cultural venue abroad to help enrich your creative skills. You’ll complement your work with research and visits to London galleries. The course is delivered by experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff and develops creative skills through sustained project work. Teaching is largely one-to-one guidance with group discussion and reflection. Structure You will study: – A range of projects that explore different aspects of Art & Design such as Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textiles, Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, 3D and Animation. – How to use a range of Art & Design materials and approaches effectively such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, photography, graphic layout, drawing, garment making and illustration. – A specialist creative pathway in Year 2 that allows you to explore your chosen way of working in depth. – The course concludes with a Final Major Project in which you choose and investigate a creative topic that fits in with your skills and progression ambitions. Teaching & Learning This full time course is highly practical and lesson activities include time to develop your project work with guidance from teaching staff, alongside workshop sessions where new skills are delivered, along with critical discussion of students’ and artists’ work. On the course, teaching staff give comprehensive support and guidance with creating student portfolios and statements for application to Higher Education.
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ART TEXTILES A Level
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Teaching & Learning Lesson activities include plenty of time to develop your ideas and techniques with guidance from teaching staff, alongside workshop sessions where new skills are delivered and with detailed discussion of your work. You are encouraged to work with a range of media and techniques such as silk screen printing, heat press, laser cutting, pattern cutting, using sewing machines, dressmaking skills, applique, felt making, drawing, collage and digital development. Time is also spent on research, design and making. Art Textiles is directly relevant to a wide range of careers from Accessories Designer to Weaver and the creative and independent way of thinking is valuable in all walks of life. Assessment – 60% Personal Investigation – 40% Externally Set Task — including a 15-hour practical controlled exam Progression Direct entry to Higher Education courses. Entry to Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Employment in careers such as Interior Design and Fashion Design. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4. We recommend a grade 5 in a creative or technical subject at GCSE, although we do consider students without a Textiles or Art qualification.
Overview This course gives you the time to explore textiles, fashion and art to build your skills in fabric techniques, making and up-cycling outcomes, drawing skills and developing sketchbooks. You will be able to work with a range of media to create your work and the course is relevant to careers in Textiles, Fashion, Set and Costume Design, Interior Design, Buyer, Visual Merchandising or Surface Design. It is a creative and stimulating course which encourages independent thinking. Visits to exhibitions are encouraged and each year there is the opportunity to travel overseas to experience a different culture to enhance your studies. Structure You will study: – A ‘new look’ Year 1 which allows you to be experimental and develop a diverse range of work. – Workshop sessions which will introduce you to a range of materials and techniques, allowing you the freedom to experiment with your own imagery and ideas. – Projects which encourage you to produce interesting sketchbooks, primary imagery and designs along with making outcomes ranging from fashion, accessories and interiors, to up-cycling furniture. – In Year 2, you will undertake a more focused Personal Investigation in an area of your choice where you explore aspects of Fashion, Textiles, Accessories or Interior Design that interest you; this will involve producing sketchbooks and outcomes. The Personal Investigation will be supported with an essay (maximum 3000 words). – Exploratory sketchbook work to prepare you for the Externally Set Project with a topic set by the exam board. This component is followed from February of Year 2, culminating in a 15-hour timed period to produce your outcome.
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CREATIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY UAL Diploma Level 3 (=3 A LEVELS) Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years – Website production: design your own website to show off your production skills and start building your career portfolio. – Final Major Project: at the end of both years, your grades will depend on projects that you have chosen.
Show what you have learned at HSDC Alton by creating an audio/visual piece that reflects your interests and ambitions. Teaching & Learning Learning happens in a variety of ways: through classroom-based lessons, workshop activities, independent study and, where possible, work placements. The course requires a very high level of commitment and flexibility. You will be encouraged to experience a wide range of roles and responsibilities. As well as creating TV programmes using professional standard media equipment, you will also develop important life skills such as time management and effective teamwork. Assessment – 100% coursework Progression Many of our students continue their media/ film production studies at university. We also coach students who are applying for jobs and apprenticeships in the media industry. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. You must have achieved at least a grade 4 in English or Mathematics (preferably both). To study this course, you should have an interest in creative subjects and technology.
Overview The media industry is a vast and lucrative industry with many possible avenues for creative employment. On this course, you will work to create music videos, short films, radio dramas, magazine articles, live TV programmes and documentaries. Projects are based on realistic industry scenarios and you’ll get the opportunity to try out a range of roles including director, producer, editor and camera operator. You will work in our purpose- built TV studio, control room and editing suites, as well as filming on location, developing your technical and creative skills to create modern, engaging content. Good organisational skills, a keen imagination and an enjoyment of working with others are important qualities. Structure You will study: – Short Film: learn and then test out your filmmaking skills by creating a short film. – Music Videos: work with existing songs or find a band to work with to make your own music videos. Many top directors have started out this way. – Multi-Camera Productions: work in our purpose-built TV studio to create a short live programme. – Video Art Installation: work to create an art piece that marries video and installation work into one cohesive piece. – TV Advertising: study professional examples and engage with the persuasive techniques used to sell products before making your own. – Radio Drama: learn the importance of sound by writing and producing your own original radio drama. Imagination and creativity are a must! – Desktop Publishing: produce a double page magazine spread that sells YOU as a media producer.
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DANCE A Level
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Teaching & Learning The week is divided into two lessons, a 2.5 hour practical lesson and a 2.5 hour theory lesson. Both lessons take place in a large purpose-built dance studio with mirrors and sprung flooring, which demonstrates safe practice and offers a fantastic creative space for students. Practical lessons combine teacher-led technique sessions and student-led choreography, as well as opportunities to work with industry professionals. Theory lessons are interactive and incorporate a range of teaching and learning methods, such as group discussion, presentations, and workshops to enable students to study in a creative and holistic learning environment. Another significant part of students’ learning experience is to watch Dance performances in live settings at well-known venues such as Sadler’s Wells, The Place, The Point, and The Mayflower. These experiences aim to enhance students’ learning experience, as well as developing and expanding relevant knowledge. Assessment Component 1: Performance and Choreography (50%) – Performance in a quartet – Group choreography – Solo performance Component 2: Critical Engagement (50%) – 2.5 hour written examination Progression Many of our dancers go on to further their training at specialist conservatoires for Dance such as Laines, Bird College, Trinity Laban or university. We have many past students performing on cruise ships, teaching in schools, performing in the West End and running independent dance schools. Entry Requirements Grade 4 or above in GCSE Dance or dance experience at private dance school. Four further GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Overview This creative and challenging course specialises in British Contemporary Dance and American Jazz Dance and combines the practical and theoretical study of Dance. Through technique classes, choreography workshops, rehearsals and theory sessions, you will develop your passion for Dance as both a choreographer and performer, in addition to developing your critical analysis skills through Dance theory. This course not only develops the physical skills needed for a career in the dance industry, but it also enables you to develop a high degree of physical fitness, expands your creative outlet and builds social and communication skills, confidence and resilience, all of which are transferrable and applicable to many career paths and walks of life. Structure – Component 1 — Performance and Choreography Contemporary and American Jazz Dance. You will take part in regular technique classes in both genres to improve your strength, stamina and flexibility. You will also develop your choreography skills by experimenting with movement material in response to a variety of stimuli. Additionally, you will have opportunities to perform to the public, including in the College’s annual Spring Dance Showcase. – In order to develop your knowledge of Dance theory, you will study Rambert Dance Company and related contemporary dance choreographers, for example; Christopher Bruce and the iconic masterpiece ‘Rooster’. You will also study American Jazz Dance and expand your critical engagement skills by exploring significant American Jazz works such as Gene Kelly’s ‘Singin in the Rain’, Bob Fosse’s ‘Sweet Charity’ and Jerome Robbins’ ‘West Side Story’. – Component 2 — Critical Engagement – The two main genres you will study are
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DIGITAL FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 (=1 A LEVEL)
Venue: Alton Campus Duration: 2 years
Teaching & Learning Learning happens in a variety of ways: through classroom based lessons, workshop activities, and independent study. The course requires a very high level of commitment and flexibility. You will be encouraged to experience a wide range of roles and responsibilities. As well as creating a film using professional-standard media equipment you will also develop important life- skills such as time-management and effective teamwork. Assessment One unit (Digital Media Skills) is externally assessed, all other units are coursework, and will be assessed by your teachers. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above.
Overview This course is for students who are creative, imaginative and have an interest in filmmaking. You will learn to plan and create audio visual material in line with film industry practices. You will cover the essentials of lighting, planning, filming and editing, and you will work both in teams and individually on a variety of projects. This course provides good preparation if you are considering an apprenticeship in the creative and design industries. When taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications, it also supports access to a range of Higher Education courses in film and video production and the wider media industry. Structure This course is made up of five units: – Digital Media Skills – Film Production – Storyboarding for Digital Media or Scriptwriting – Single Camera Technique – Film Editing
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