Hopwood Hall -Higher Education Course Guide 2024 - 2025

HIGHER EDUCATION COURSE GUIDE 24/25 hopwood.ac.uk Hopwood Hall College & University Centre Hopwood Hall C & University C Hopwood Hall College & University Centre STAY LOCAL, GO FAR! HOPWOOD HALL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CENTRE

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CONTENTS OpenEvents....................4 Welcomemessage.................5 YourFuture....................6 Help&Support...................8 Careers and Employability . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Howtoapply...................11 Tuition fees & finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Staynear,gofar..................14 Increase your career potential . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Access to Higher Education AccesstoHEDiploma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 AccesstoHECoursesLevel2&3 . . . . . . . . . .17 AccessAlumni..................18 Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 WeareHopwood.................21 Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 What’s on campus Middleton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Rochdale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Celebratingsuccess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Yourcollege,yourvoice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Ourvision....................34 Animal Management HND Animal Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 (Animal Behaviour and Welfare) Art & Design HNDArt&Design................ 40 Creative & Digital Media HNC/HND Games & Art Development . . . . . . . 44 HNC/HND Creative Media Production: Film & TV . . . 46 Beauty Level 4 Certificate in Skin Needling . . . . . . . . .48 Level 4 Certificate in Skin Peeling . . . . . . . . . 50 Teacher Education Level 3 Award in Education and Training . . . . . . .52 Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training . . . . 54 Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training . . . . . .56 Sports FdSC Foundation Degree Sports Coaching & Performance Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 IT HTQComputing................. 60 Engineering HNC Mechanical Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . .62 HNC Electrical/Electronic Engineering . . . . . . . 64 Construction HTQ Construction Management . . . . . . . . . . 66 HTQ Alternative Energy (Plumbing) . . . . . . . . 68 Higher Apprenticeships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Flexible Learning Courses Allcourses....................72 How to apply to Flexible Learning Courses . . . . . .73 Additional Information How to find us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Usefulcontacts..................75 3

Be sure to keep up to date with everything that’s happening at Hopwood Hall College. Find us at: OPEN EVENTS Open events are a great way to experience college life at Hopwood Hall first hand and get a feel for our courses. Take the opportunity to visit our campuses, speak to our tutors and find out more about all of the courses we offer. Come and explore! Adult Drop-In Event 11th January 5pm-7pm Access All Areas Event 18th April 4.30pm-6.30pm Register online at hopwood.ac.uk We look forward to welcoming you soon! hopwoodhallcollege hopwoodhall hopwoodhall HopwoodHallCollege hopwoodhallcollege hopwood-hall-college 4

Helping you to dream big Welcome to our 2024/25 Higher Education course guide. It’s more important than ever to gain the qualifications that will allow you to realise your career ambitions. This is why we’re pleased to offer a growing number of routes in Higher Education at Hopwood Hall College and University Centre. Any one of our courses could be the perfect springboard for you to realise your dreams. We understand that studying a Higher Education programme requires a high level of commitment and there are often personal circumstances that you need to consider which is why accessibility and affordability are prioritised here at Hopwood. At Hopwood Hall you’ll experience all the advantages that come from studying closer to home, including small class sizes where students are known by their names, goals and individual needs. This allows us to provide the personal support that’s right for you. We have a range of courses to choose from and we are certain that you can find something that will enable you to go on to bigger and better things after you graduate. The subjects we offer focus on local economic priorities so we can ensure our students have the right technical skills and professional qualifications to access jobs across Greater Manchester, the North West and beyond. You’ll also have access to some of the best tuition and facilities of any college in the North West region. We would love for you to join our community of learning and take the opportunity to fulfil your aspirations and make lifelong friends along the way. I wish you all the very best in all that you do and I look forward to welcoming you to Hopwood Hall University Centre very soon. Julia Heap Principal and Chief Executive Hopwood Hall College & University Centre START YOUR DEGREE JOURNEY WITH US 5

How we support you to realise your dreams Higher Education doesn’t have to be daunting. We will help you every step of the way to get the most out of your time at Hopwood Hall College and University Centre. Everything we do ties in to how we can help you to get where you want to be. Your course, our facilities and enrichment activities are all designed to develop you academically and personally. Offering exciting opportunities to develop your career ambitions, our courses are centred around you and encourage your development in a supportive learning environment. We are committed to providing high quality, teaching-intensive education that includes individual support every step of the way. Exceptional staff, exceptional students We believe that exceptional teaching and learning begins with exceptional staff. Together with our talented and hard-working students they make up our successful and thriving Higher Education community. Investing in you We continue to invest in our facilities across both college sites to ensure that all students have access to the very best equipment and resources to help them succeed. We keep our facilities and equipment up to date to reflect the developments in industry and business. YOUR FUTURE It’s our priority 6

Equality & Diversity Hopwood Hall College celebrates equality and diversity irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender identity and social economic background. We always seek to ensure that no member of the college community receives less favourable treatment on any of these grounds. Equality of opportunity is important to us. The iLearn Centre With Wi-Fi, printing and a comprehensive stock of books and multimedia resources, newspapers, journals, computers and laptops, The iLearn Centre offers support for all students. FREE Gym All of our students are encouraged to make the most of your free gym membership at the Middleton campus Sports Arena. Here you can access a whole range of free fitness classes and use the fantastic variety of equipment to increase your fitness levels and keep in shape. A healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand. Sport and exercise are a great way to maintain your well-being and boost your energy levels. WE’RE SURE YOU’LL FIT IN HERE FROM DAY ONE We have a personal approach to learning and support, we pride ourselves on knowing each of our students by name. WE ARE INCLUSION ALLIES 7

Pastoral Welfare Support: We’re there for you It is very important to us that you feel happy and supported throughout your time with us. We believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. Your tutors will help you to succeed in your studies and our Pastoral Welfare Officers are here to help and support you with pastoral, welfare, mental health, learning difficulties and disabilities, and safeguarding, ensuring that you can access and fully participate in college life. Here to help No question is too small and no problem too big – confidential advice and support is what our Pastoral Welfare Support team do best. Safeguarding Your safety and well-being are important to us. If you have any concerns whilst at college you can contact a member of our safeguarding team at safeguarding@hopwood.ac.uk Tracey Marrow Head of Safeguarding and Designated Safeguarding Lead Counselling and Support We offer a confidential Counselling Service which is available to all students throughout the academic year. Our counsellors offer the highest possible level of confidentiality consistent with the codes of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Dropins to the counsellors are available Monday-Friday or you can contact counselling@hopwood.ac.uk Mental Health Your mental health is important to us and we understand that from time to time you may need someone to talk to about college or home life, anxiety, stress or your general health. We have a team of Mental Health First Aiders who can help you at college. Please speak to your tutor who can direct you to help or you can contact: Simon Farrar Director of Higher Education simon.farrar@hopwood.ac.uk HOW WE SUPPORT YOU 8

Additional Learning Support Higher Education Disability Support: Disability Students’ Allowance (DSA). If you are applying for a higher education course, you may be able to access support from Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is a government funded scheme designed to help with the costs incurred as the result of a disability, medical condition, Specific Learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia or mental health condition. DSA funding is allocated to the individual student and not the College. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they engage fully in the process of applying for DSA. The allowance can help pay for study related support, including specialist equipment. The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income. To apply for financial help through Disabled Students’ Allowances, you can check before you make your application. Use Ability Net’s free HE Support Checker www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HEsupport-checker-page or Contact Associates’ free eligibility checker portal.contact-associates.co.uk/ eligibility/ to find out more. How do I apply for DSA? You don’t have to have a confirmed place on your course before you apply for DSA and it is best to apply as soon as possible to help ensure there are no delays to the start of your support. You will be asked to provide proof of your disability, medical health condition, sensory impairment, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (e.g. a diagnostic assessment of dyslexia, or letter from a medical professional). To find our more about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs), visit: www.gov.uk/disabled-studentsallowances-dsas Who can help me in college? The Learning Support Team can help you: • complete your DSA application • contact your DSA supplier • liaise with assessors/DSA/tutors • help with queries about your support We are open for appointments Monday to Friday, 9.00am-4.00pm. Contact us to answer queries or to book an appointment by contacting Nicola Metcalfe Learning Support Manager e: nicola.metcalfe@hopwood.ac.uk t: 01706 753 815 IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU 9

CAREERS & EMPLOYABILITY We recognise that making the choice about what to study is often just the start of your career journey, and where those studies will take you is just as important. We are here to help you reach your goals, our excellent industry links, enrichment opportunities and high quality facilities and resources give you the knowledge and experiences which will make you stand out from the crowd. Whilst studying with us you can visit our award winning Careers Team who will help you make informed decisions about your future. You will have the opportunity to obtain personal advice and guidance. All students are able to take full advantage of our careers service, giving you a competitive edge in your career pathway. Contact careers@hopwood.ac.uk STRONG EMPLOYER LINKS We take great pride in working with local employers and community organisations. On all of our Higher Education programmes we have developed a strong focus on employability and our students benefit from the employer links that we have developed. We believe that engaging employers is key to ensuring that students are ready and equipped for life after study. NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE We work with the National Careers Service to provide free, impartial careers advice and guidance to support students aged 19+ into employment. You can access support through online sessions, tutorials and resources on the College VLE and dropin sessions. Appointments can be made through the Student and College Services Reception team. For more information visit www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk or call 0161 393 6473. Ceri Wood Hopwood Hall’s Award Winning National Careers Champion 10

HOW DO I APPLY? STEP 1 - Choose Browse our full range of programmes, visit one of our open days and choose the course that best suits you and your ambitions, check the level and entry requirements. If at this stage you need any more advice then contact the college on 0161 643 7560 and speak to a member of our Careers Team. STEP 2 - Apply FOR PART-TIME COURSES - Apply online to Hopwood Hall College at www.hopwood.ac.uk, it’s quick, easy and secure. Application forms are also available on request. We’ll confirm your application by text and by email and invite you to an interview with a course tutor to make sure that you are suited to the course and, more importantly, that the course is suited to you. The interview will also give you the chance to see the college, meet the staff and have your questions answered. FOR FULL-TIME COURSES - Apply online at UCAS: For all full-time Higher Education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, students must apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk Types of Full-time applicants: 1. Students currently at a school/college registered with UCAS All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students’ applications. Complete an online application and submit it to your teacher/careers advisor. After checking your details, and adding the academic reference, your school/college submits the application online to UCAS. 2. Mature applicants in the UK who are not at school or college. Mature applicants are advised to consult careers organisations for help and advice or contact one of our advisors. You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining the academic reference, and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS. OPEN EVENTS Adult Drop-In Event 11th January 5pm-7pm Access All Areas Open Event 18th April 4.30pm-6.30pm Register online at hopwood.ac.uk 11

TUITION FEES AND FINANCE With excellent facilities at both campuses, and courses delivered in partnership with leading universities, Hopwood Hall College and University Centre represents an excellent value, local alternative for Higher Education and a very smart investment. FEES We are committed to providing high quality, value for money Higher Education. Fees for Level 4 and 5 courses are £6000 for full-time and £3000/£4000 for part-time courses per year. Fees for our Education and Training and Access courses range from free - £3,400 with specific fees shown alongside each programme. The amount you pay depends on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) criteria regarding age. STUDENT FINANCE Student finance options available to assist you with the cost of studying your course include: • Tuition fee loan • Advanced Learner Loan • Living cost grants • Childcare grant • Parents’ Living Allowance • Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) Tuition loans are now available for students on part-time courses, subject to approval. Eligibility terms and conditions apply. For more information and to apply for all Student Finance England loans and grants contact: ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN If you’re starting a Level 3 course you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you fund your tuition fees. Any students aged 19+ can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan, the only criteria is that the course must be Level 3 or higher. The loan is easy to apply for. It doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks. Once approved, the money is paid directly to Hopwood Hall College on your behalf from the Student Loans Company. Repayments don’t start until the April after the completion of your course. You will only repay when your income is over £27,295*. Tel: 0800 731 9133 or visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance For more information on what support you could be eligible for, speak to one of our advisors on: Tel: 0161 643 7560 or email enquiries@hopwood.ac.uk *Figure correct at time of printing. 12

FUNDING FOR ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a Higher Education course. This means you do not have to repay it. Already in receipt of benefits? Studying a Higher Education course may affect your eligibility for some benefits. For up-to-date information on the affect studying will have on your benefits contact: The Department for Work and Pensions, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau or Rochdale Borough Council’s Benefits Advice Line on 0300 303 8870 before enrolling on your course. For further information on financial assistance to support learning, please visit www.direct.gov.uk or contact Careers Advice on 0800 100 900. Our Learning Provider registration number is 1790. GET ON YOUR WAY TO A DEGREE, FOR FREE! 13

STAY NEAR, GO FAR It’s always made great sense to study closer to home. There are so many factors that make it a very smart investment – from saving on accommodation costs to paying substantially lower tuition fees. Our courses help you to develop your critical thinking skills, perfect your research methods and hone your written and oral communication skills in a safe, in-person environment. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from a variety of backgrounds and form lasting friendships and valuable collaborative partnerships with people and businesses in the area. In addition, research also shows that people who study Higher Education are more likely to be employed in occupations classed as professional. So if you have a clear career goal and you aspire to reach senior levels in your chosen field, there’s no need to drift too far from home to get there. 14

INCREASE YOUR CAREER POTENTIAL Life-changing Higher Education boosts your earnings potential, helping you to make an impact in your career and in life. Our strong employer partnerships play a big part in your future success. Graduates typically earn between 20% and 30% more than those with lower level qualifications. Statistics from the Department for Education show that the median nominal salary for graduates in 2022 was £38,500. The corresponding figure for nongraduates is around £27,000*. Whether you’re looking to start a completely new career, or want to advance in your current career, our employment focused courses provide the skills, knowledge and experience needed to get you where you want to be. We have forged strong employer partnerships with over 1,500 employers who play a big part in your future success. We actively involve our partner employers in course design and delivery to ensure our courses deliver the expertise needed by industry. We also review our courses regularly so that they continue to reflect industrial and professional trends. As well as friendly, hands-on lecturers who go out of their way to help you succeed, Hopwood Hall offers ongoing support for all aspects of your learning journey. Don’t be put off if you haven’t studied in a while – we’ll help you to achieve your goals. HOW WE EQUIP YOU FOR CAREER SUCCESS Taught by industry specialists who spend time in industry each year updating their expertise Real-life assignments and live project briefs commissioned by external organisations Some courses include built-in professional qualifications and accreditation Relevant industry visits and guest speakers Industry-standard facilities and equipment Career planning and support in finding graduate-level employment *Graduate Labour Market Statistics: 2022 (published in 2023) 15

ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES If you’re thinking about returning to study to boost your career chances but don’t have the right qualifications, don’t worry! Our Access to Higher Education courses will get you up to speed. These courses will give you all the skills you need to progress to a wide variety of university-level courses. Access to Higher Education Diploma This is a one year course, designed for over 19’s who have been out of education and are looking for another opportunity to further their education. The Diploma is an accepted alternative to A-Levels and is recognised by universities for admission onto a range of degree courses. Former learners studying the Access to Higher Education Course have progressed onto university degree programmes and are enjoying successful careers in nursing, physiotherapy, sports coaching, teaching, emergency services, engineering, business and more. GET ON YOUR WAY TO A DEGREE, FOR FREE! Student Finance England will write-off any outstanding debt owed for an Advanced Learner Loan once a student has completed a Higher Education course. This is only applicable to learners who received funding for an Advanced Learner Loan for Access to HE. 16

ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES LEVEL 2 ACCESS TO HE If you don’t meet the Level 3 entry criteria you can join our one-year Level 2 programme. This comprises of compulsory GCSE Maths and English (if not already attained at grade C/4 or above) and one from the following: • Biology • Psychology • Sociology Students who have attained a grade C in English or Maths can choose two from the above. HOURS OF STUDY Up to 16 hours per week (daytime only) for 30 weeks. LEVEL 3 ACCESS TO HE DIPLOMA Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs grade A-C/9-4, including English and Maths, or successful completion of the one year Level 2 programme. Pathways on the Level 3 programme are tailored to different careers/Higher Education areas. These are: 1. Art and Design 2. Business Management 3. Computing and ICT 4. Health and Caring Professions 5. Health Science Professions 6. Humanities 7. Law & Criminology 8. Social Science HOURS OF STUDY The Access programme requires attendance for 14 hours a week over 34 weeks. TUTORIAL SUPPORT AT ACCESS LEVEL 3 Access Level 3 students are supported through a tutorial programme which includes guidance and assistance in choosing a university course and applying for a university place. FEES Up to date fees are published on our website: hopwood.ac.uk HOW TO APPLY You can apply online at www.hopwood.ac.uk. It’s quick, easy and secure. We’ll confirm your application by text and by email. Interview Once you’ve submitted your online application form, check for texts and emails regularly. You’ll be invited for an informal interview with a course tutor. Prospective Access Level 2 students will also be required to take initial assessments in English, Maths and Science (should you opt to study Science). The interview will also give you the chance to meet the staff and ask questions. Those students who have English as their second language may be assessed by our ESOL department. Prospective Access Level 3 students will be required to produce their certificates at enrolment to satisfy us that you are eligible for the programme. Offer After your interview you will be informed if you have been successful and given all information you need regarding enrolment and induction. 17

ACCESS ALUMNI “Hopwood Hall College prepares you with a great foundation towards Higher Education and towards building your success. My advice to current students is start assignments and essays as soon as possible and have confidence in yourself and your tutors.” Course: Access Level 3 Diploma in Social Science Post Studies: Working as a Special Constable at the Cheshire Constabulary ALISIA WILSON “One of the most fulfilling aspects was the journey itself and the feeling of moving towards the overall goal. They are memories which I hold dearly” Course: Level 3 Access to Higher Education – Health Science Professions Post Studies: Physiotherapist at Airedale General Hospital RICHARD BARNES 18

“I loved the experience of adult learning – the atmosphere it provides and the incredibly supportive nature of the class.” Course: Level 3 Access to Higher Education – Humanities Post Studies: Studying Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics at York St. John University RICHARD COLCLOUGH “This qualification empowered me to support people who are experiencing or suffering from body image dissatisfaction” Course: Level 3 Access to Higher Education – Health and Caring Professions Post Studies: Planning to study MSc in Psychology in Fashion WAIRIMU WA MWANGI 19

PARTNERSHIPS We work in proud partnership with The University of Salford as an approved provider of their validated programmes. We also collaborate with Pearson Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding organisation, as well as offering professional qualifications with Ascentis and Open Awards. We also have excellent links with employer partners too. 20

HOP WO OD WE ARE “Inspiring confidence in students is really important, particularly since I believe that confidence drives success. Confidence is about believing that you can do something, believing that it’s not only others who can succeed but that you can succeed too.” Julia Heap Principal and Chief Executive 21

ALUMNI We are very proud of all of our students and alumni, many of whom have gone on to bright futures. We believe that coming to Hopwood Hall is just the start of what is an enduring connection to our very special college. As well as being a place where lives are transformed through the power of education, Hopwood Hall is a place where lifelong friendships are made and memories are formed. For more information and to read more about our alumni visit: hopwood.ac.uk/ about/alumni Here are just a few of our alumni success stories. SAAD FAROOQ Course: HNC Electrical Engineering Post Studies: Total Productive Maintenance Technician at Diodes Zetex “All of my tutors were very supportive. They really encouraged me to learn and this only increased my knowledge of electronics” 22

JOHN EARDLEY Course: Foundation Degree Sports Development Post Studies: Sports Coaching Analysis at the University of Salford “Hopwood was a fantastic experience and helped me realise I am capable of so much. I was part of a great group with excellent tutors, they were very approachable.” CHANTAL WILSON Course: Level 5 Diploma Education & Training Now: Lecturer at Hopwood Hall College & University Centre “This course had a really positive impact on my teaching practice. It was also taught in a unique and beautiful location with great on-site facilities.” 23

ALUMNI JAMIL ALI Course: HNC Games Development Post Studies: Games Design and Production at The University of Salford “Hopwood boosted my morale by giving me the knowledge and experience, as well as encouraging me to try new things.” “My advice to others is to follow your dreams. Do not think you cannot do it, because I did for so many years.” STACIA TEMPLES Course: Level 4 Education and Training Post Studies: Hair and Beauty Lecturer at Hopwood Hall College 24

NATHAN EASTHAM Course: HNC Film and Television CARLI KEANE Course: Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training Post Studies: Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Our Lady and St Paul’s School, Rochdale. “If you’re passionate about the subject, are determined to succeed and put in maximum effort, then you will love the course.” “Hopwood Hall equipped me with the skills to be able to adapt from working in a supportive role in the classroom to progressing to the role of teacher.” 25

ALUMNI ELEANOR COUPE Course: HND Animal Management “The tutors were always there for help and support. If you love animals and what they bring to the world then this course is for you!” “This course was perfect for improving my knowledge and understanding of the field. If you’re interested in a career in IT then I’d definitely say to go for it” CHLOE TOPPS Course: Computing 26

JOSHUA WATT Course: Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching Post Studies: Sports Coach at Edstart “Don’t be afraid to ask questions, don’t say no to opportunities and be sure to step outside your comfort zone” “This course is great if you like watching your ideas come to life. It’s such a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in media” ELLIE-JADE SPENCER Course: HND Creative Media Production – Film & Television 27

MIDDLETON CAMPUS Set in 70 acres of stunning woodland in Middleton, North Manchester, with plenty of free parking 28

ROCHDALE CAMPUS Rochdale town centre location, Riverside Salon onsite and plenty of parking too 29

CELEBRATING SUCCESS GRADUATION From the start of your studies with us we’re looking to your future. Celebrating our students’ success and achievements is extremely important to us. Each year all those students who successfully complete a Higher Education programme with us are invited to celebrate their achievement at our graduation ceremony. The event is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate your success with friends, family and fellow students. Here are some images of our Class of 2023 graduates celebrating their success at our Higher Education Graduation and Awards Ceremony. 30

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IT’S YOUR UNIVERSITY CENTRE, your voice is important to us. When it comes to Student Voice, Hopwood Hall is a place where you don’t have to be noisy for your voice to be heard. We encourage you to find your voice and have your say. We value your feedback and do our best to listen and respond to what you say. We give you a voice through: • Tutorials • Senior Leadership Question Time • National Student Surveys • The Student Voice Conference • Student representation on key college forums e.g. Equality & Diversity Group • Representation on local and national Student Voice panels • Being elected as a Student Governor • Student and Staff Liaison Committee • Attendance at the Higher Education Committee 32

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We work with our community and have restless ambition to raise aspirations by encouraging and enabling people of all ages. We provide inspiring opportunities for all to thrive in life and work and make a positive impact across the Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester and beyond. Our Vision: Bringing out the best in you! Our Values INTEGRITY We do the right thing, our learners and our community are at the heart of all we set out to achieve. Our learner centred approach underpins everything we accomplish. NURTURING We empower staff and learners to build autonomy and be the drivers of their own destinies, developing resilience, pride and confidence in life, learning and work. ENJOYMENT Success and achievements are encouraged, recognised and celebrated in our thriving college community. AMBITION We encourage learners and staff to have the courage to aim high, push their boundaries and achieve higher aspirations. SUSTAINABILITY We are continually working to create a sustainable college that demonstrates an agile curriculum, healthy finances and a positive impact on the environment and economy. TY NURTURE ENJOYMENT INTEGRITY AMBITION SUSTAINABILITY NURTURE ENJOYMENT INTEGRITY AMBITION INTEGRITY AMBITION SUSTAINABILITY NURTURE ENJOYMENT INTEGRITY SUSTAINABILITY NURTURE ENJOYMENT INTEGRITY AMBITION 34

FREE gym membership available for all full-time students How we help you to achieve all your goals www.hopwood.ac.uk Low tuition fees and excellent value for money Friendly campus with smaller class sizes and a personal approach to learning and support. Industry standard teaching and learning facilities 35

HND ANIMAL MANAGEMENT (Animal Behaviour and Welfare) Course summary This course gives you an advanced qualification in animal management, which will enable you to manage the care of animals. You will gain not just technical knowledge about the health, welfare and management of a range of animal species but also the confidence and transferable skills that will allow you to progress effectively into junior and middle management roles in the future. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and ultimately the qualification to allow you to progress straight into the industry, or into a final BSc top-up year at another University. Enjoy exploring and debating these issues and feel better prepared to meet the challenges of changing policies and practice. This course combines lectures, group work, practical sessions and independent research. You will be applying your theoretical knowledge to practice both in group work and the work setting. You are expected to undertake an industrial experience placement, one day per week to give you valuable experience, which can often lead directly to employment opportunities. Work Placement Students enrolled on the HND will undertake a work experience placement 1 day per week in our incredible animal centre. You will work alongside the keeping staff to provide general animal care, including undertaking husbandry tasks. You will have the opportunity to be involved with a host of additional task, to include building enrichment, designing and creating enclosures, advanced animal handling, involvement with delivering basic animal treatments, shadowing IZVG veterinary staff, involvement with animal transports and opportunities to sit in with international conferences’. Assessment You will be assessed through theory work, presentations, creations of public information resources, written scientific reports and practical observations when managing the care of animals and supervising those carrying out various animal husbandry procedures. You are expected to perform to an industry standard and work independently. You will also be involved with the welfare of animals on the college animal care unit, to include those animals in our Blue Cross Re-homing Centre and Day Boarding Dog Kennels. Study mode Full-time Location Middleton Start date September 2024 Duration First year studying HNC Second year progressing to HND The core units may include: • Research project • Biological principles An assortment of the optional units available for selection: • Wildlife Conservation • Evolution and adaptions • Animal breeding and genetics • Work experience • Anthrozoology Apply to www.ucas.ac.uk Application codes Course code: DD33 Institution code: H54 Campus name: Middleton Campus code: M Students that successfully complete the HND in Animal Management have the ability to progress straight into employment in a range of animal sectors, including veterinary, domestic, agricultural, zoo and conservation roles. Learners wishing to continue in education are able to progress onto a BSc top-up year in an array of subjects, at a range of universities. 36

Entry requirements UCAS Tariff 80 points A level C,D,D Preferred A Levels are Biology Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma, City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management M,M,P 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above which must include English Language, maths and Double Science, or GCSE Biology, at grade 4 or above due to the scientific content of some of the units. If you have undertaken BTEC Applied Science instead of GCSE, you should have achieved an overall Merit. Fees and funding £6000 per year Employment opportunities Over 1.3 million currently employed within agriculture, environmental, animal care and health & science industries. Future employment is predicted to rise by 5.9% in the next 3 years. Typical job roles include: Conservationist, Park Ranger, Farmer, Horticulturist, Agriculture Manager, Agriculture Technician, Pharmaceutical Technician, Laboratory Technician. Career prospects Employment in a range of animal industries. 37

Employers we work with on a regular basis: • International Zoo Vet Group • Blue Cross • Wendy Lane Vets • Valentines Cogan Vets • Mellings Vets • Rare Breed Survival Trust Pig Club • Berkshire Pig Breed Society • Animal Care Software • Mercer Falconry • Rochdale Council Neighbourhoods • Nottingham Trent University • Manchester Metropolitan University 38

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HND Art & Design Course summary If you would like to develop a career working in the Creative Arts industry, then this is the course for you. The course focuses on the development of practical skills, practical exploration of ideas and concepts across a range of different mediums, methods, techniques and conceptualisation. When undertaking practical assessments, you are expected to perform to an industry standard and use your own initiative to research required topics. The programme is designed to prepare you for employment in the exciting world of creative industries within areas such as visual art, fine art, print, ceramics, fashion and more. You will also undertake termly industry related enrichment visits to local and national galleries and events, and will receive lectures from visiting artists and yearly artist residencies will enhance your learning experience. Course content Specialist units will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to specific creative activities with different mediums and techniques and in the creation of your own professional portfolio including: Level 4 (Year 1) • Professional Development • Contextual Studies • Individual Project (Pearson Set) • Techniques and Processes • Media Practices • Surface Design • Communication in Art & Design Level 5 (Year 2) • Professional Practice • Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson Set) • Advanced Art Practice Studies • Conceptual Practice • Branding & Identity • Workflows & Management You will also produce a professional portfolio showcasing a range of processes and techniques, and demonstrating commercial, cultural and visual awareness. There will also be opportunities for suitable students to undertake work experience with local artists and to work on regional projects. Career prospects Learners who achieve the HNC qualification can progress onto the second year of the HND or onto the second year of a relevant degree course. Upon completion of the 2-year HND, learners can top-up to a full degree in a related Art & Design, Creative Arts, 3D Design, Fashion or other relevant subject area. Employment and self-employment in the creative arts sector is also an option and self-promotion is an essential element of the course structure. NB: There are over 9000 creative industry employers within Greater Manchester employing over 48,000 people. Typical job roles include: Art Director, curatorship, Craft and Fine Artists, Fashion Designers, Graphic Designers, Industrial Designers, Interior Designers. Location: Rochdale Duration: HNC 1 year full-time HND 2 year full-time Start date; September 2024 Fees: £6000 per year 40

Entry requirements: UCAS Tariff 80 points A level CDD BTEC Level 3 NVQ Level 3 VRQ Level 3 Access programme Relevant portfolio of work GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Mature students are welcome to apply with no formal qualifications but with a minimum of three years relevant industry experience. Assessment: 100% coursework including presentations, projects and live briefs. One externally set brief by Pearson (Unit 1). Delivery: Lectures, tutorials, design studio practice, conferences, work experience. UCAS code: AD10 Apply to www.ucas.ac.uk 41

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HNC & HND GAMES ART & DEVELOPMENT Course summary If you would like to develop a career working in the games industry, then this is the course for you. Units focus on the creative art and design elements that are considered fundamental to games development. When undertaking practical assessments, you are expected to perform to an industry standard and use your own initiative to research required topics. The programme is designed to prepare you for employment in the exciting world of games development and related industries such as visual effects. You will also undertake many industry related enrichment visits such as developer conferences to enhance your learning experience. Course content Specialist units will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to specific creative activities in games art application and in the creation of your own professional portfolio. They include: HNC (Year 1) • Individual Project (Pearson Set) • Creative Media Industry • Professional Practise • Game Development Practises (Game Build 1) • Games in Context (Game Theory) • Game Design (Game Build 2) • Concept Art Development • 3D Modelling for Games (Asset Creation) • Field Trips and Networking Expo’s HND (Year 2) • Collaborative Project • Personal Professional Development • Advanced Game Development • Mobile Game Development • Advanced 3D Modelling • Environment and Level Design • Advanced Rendering and Visualisation You will produce a professional portfolio showcasing high quality game ready assets, commercial ready game environments including content for VR and mobile platforms. Learners will have access to the latest industry standard software including Autodesk Maya, Substance Painter/Designer, Twin Motion, Adobe CC and Zbrush in conjunction within UE4, UE5 and more. There is also the opportunity for students to undertake work experience with local games companies and from live briefs. Career prospects Learners who achieve the HNC qualification can progress onto the second year of the HND or onto the second year of a relevant degree course. Upon completion of the 2-year HND; learners can top-up to a full degree in Games Art, Games Design and Visual Effects or other relevant subject area. Employment and selfemployment in the games/media sector is also an option and is an essential element of the course structure. Over 9000 creative industry companies within Greater Manchester employing over 48,000. Typical job roles include: Concept Artist, 3D Generalist, Level Designer, Game Artist, VFX Artist Location: Rochdale Duration: HNC 1 year full-time HND 2 year full-time Start date: September 2024 Fees: £6000 per year 44

Entry requirements UCAS Tariff 80 points A level CDD BTEC Level 3 NVQ Level 3 VRQ Level 3 Access programme Relevant Portfolio of Work GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above Mature students are welcome to apply with no formal qualifications but with a minimum of three years relevant industry experience. Assessment: 100% coursework including presentations, projects and live briefs. One externally set brief by Pearson (Unit 1). Delivery: Lectures, tutorials, design studio practice, conferences, work experience. UCAS code: HNC PP31 HND PP33 Apply to www.ucas.ac.uk Day to day I test newly built games, report bugs, organise playtests, assist with art tasks and complete optimisation and profiling and split my time between the company’s UK and Canadian offices. I found the course to be perfect for my career aspirations, as it taught a variety of topics and challenged students with projects based on real world work. Roger Assifuah Environment Artist at Offworld Industries, Canada Studied: HND Games Art & Development 45

HNC & HND CREATIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION: FILM & TV Course summary If you would like to develop a career working in the TV and Film industries then this is the course for you. Units focus on the creative and technical aspects of TV and film. When undertaking practical assessments, you are expected to perform to an industry standard and use your own initiative to research required topics. The programme is designed to prepare you for employment in the exciting world of TV and Film and its related industries such as audio production, broadcast, marketing and PR. You will also undertake many industry related enrichment visits such as post-production houses, film and TV sets and tours to enhance your learning experience. Course content Specialist units will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to specific creative activities in TV and film production and in the creation of your own professional portfolio. They include: HNC (Year 1) • Individual Project (Pearson Set) • Creative Media Industry • Professional Practise • Film and Television Practises (Industry) • Film Studies (Film Theory) • Light and Sound (Production Design) • Film and Video Editing (Post Production) • Audio Technologies (Post-production) • Field Trips and Industry talks HND (Year 2) • Collaborative Project (Pearson Set) • Personal Professional Development • Advanced Film Production Studies • Multi-Camera Production • Scriptwriting for Film & Television • Film Documentary • Sound for Media Products There is also the opportunity for students to undertake work experience with local businesses and companies. This is an exciting opportunity to enhance your portfolio and gain creative experience in the development of commercial products and to develop content for external clients as part of work experience and portfolio building. Career prospects Learners who achieve the HNC qualification can progress onto the second year of a HND or onto the second year of a relevant degree course. Upon completion of the 2-year HND learners can top-up to a full degree in TV film production, broadcast or other relevant subject area. Employment and self-employment in the film and television sector is also an option and is an essential element of the course structure. Location: Rochdale Duration: HNC 1 year full-time HND 2 year full-time Start date; September 2024 Fees: £6000 per year 46

Entry requirements: 80 UCAS tariff points which could include: 1 or more A Level BTEC Level 3 UAL Level 3 NVQ Level 3 VRQ Level 3 Access programme Relevant Portfolio of Work GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Mature students can apply with no formal qualifications but with a minimum of three years relevant industry experience. Assessment: 100% coursework including presentations, projects and live briefs. Two Externally set briefs by Pearson (Unit 1, Unit 36) Delivery: Lectures, tutorials, design studio practice, conferences, work experience. UCAS code: HNC PP32 HND PP34 Apply to www.ucas.ac.uk 47

LEVEL 4 CERTIFICATE IN SKIN NEEDLING Course summary This qualification is informed by employers and national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a fully commercial skin needling practitioner. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:- • Principles and practice of non-medical aesthetic therapies • Advanced consultation for non-medical aesthetic therapies • Advanced skin care for non-medical aesthetic therapies • Provide cosmetic skin needling treatments Course content Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety pertaining to level 4 non-medical aesthetic therapies. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with and analyse clients whilst providing skin needling treatments. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills and widen their knowledge of the principles and practices of level 4 non-medical aesthetic therapies, all of which are valued highly by employers. Location: Rochdale Duration: 15 weeks Start date: October 2024 Fees: £1250 per year Entry requirements: Level 3 in Beauty Therapy which must include the facial unit. All learners should also be in work or have access to work experience and be aged 18+. Assessment: Each unit has an assignment/ UPK Test to complete to check your knowledge and understanding and the technical involves case studies and practical assessments. These are carried out in the college on clients which you are partly responsible for sourcing. Delivery: Lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, work experience and independent study. Apply to www.hopwood.ac.uk JOIN THE UK'S BOOMING AESTHETICS INDUSTRY! There has been an explosion in demand for treatments such as skin needling & skin peeling together with a growing demand for skilled skin professionals who can deliver these treatments. The UK beauty sector is expected to value £5.4 billion by 2026! 48

Employment opportunities 250,000 are currently employed within the Hair & Beauty industry, which is worth over £7.5 billion. Typical job roles include: Salon Owner/Manager, Trainer/Assessor, Micropigmentation Specialist, Laser Specialist, Senior Beauty Therapist. Career prospects You can progress onto Level 4/5 management qualifications or continue to work in the industry as a salon manager or aesthetics skin professional. You may also want to take the next steps to become an assessor or trainer in the beauty industry. 49

LEVEL 4 CERTIFICATE IN SKIN PEELING Course summary This qualification is informed by employers and national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a fully commercial skin peeling practitioner. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include: • Principles and practice of non-medical aesthetic therapies • Advanced consultation for non-medical aesthetic therapies • Advanced skin care for non-medical aesthetic therapies • Provide skin peeling treatments Course content Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety pertaining to level 4 non-medical aesthetic therapies. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with and analyse clients whilst providing skin peeling treatments. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills and widen their knowledge of the principles and practices of level 4 non-medical aesthetic therapies, all of which are valued highly by employers. Location: Rochdale Duration: 15 weeks Start date; September 2024 Fees: £1250 per year Entry requirements: Level 3 in Beauty Therapy which must include the facial unit. All learners should also be in work or have access to work experience and be aged 18+. Assessment: Each unit has an assignment/ UPK Test to complete to check your knowledge and understanding and the technical involves case studies and practical assessments. These are carried out in the college on clients which you are partly responsible for sourcing Delivery: Lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, work experience and independent study. Apply to www.hopwood.ac.uk JOIN THE UK'S BOOMING AESTHETICS INDUSTRY! There has been an explosion in demand for treatments such as skin needling & skin peeling together with a growing demand for skilled skin professionals who can deliver these treatments. The UK beauty sector is expected to value £5.4 billion by 2026! 50

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