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    Education, Early Years and Health and Social Care Information Evening

    • Are you are currently working in an early years setting or as a teaching assistant or a learning support worker?
    • Would like to study part-time for a Foundation Degree that is relevant to your job?
    • Are you looking achieve your Honours Degree?

    Come to our information evening to find out more about our Education, Early Years and Health and Social Care Courses

    Information Evening - Thursday 19 March - 6.30pm to 8.00pm

    The event will provide an informal way to:

    • Meet the tutors
    • Find out more about the course content
    • Ask questions
    • Make an application for September 2015
    • Advice and guidance regarding student finance


    Our Higher Education courses

    Early Years

    FdA Early Years Education

    BA Hons Early Years Education

    Education and Learning

    FdA Education and Learning

    BA Hons Education and Learning

    Health and Social Care

    FdA in Health and Social Care

    We look forward to welcoming you to the College on Thursday 19 March 2015 at 6.30pm.


    To book your attendance, please contact

    Tim Ellison on 020 8544 4530

    or email  


    10 Reasons to choose Carshalton College

    Study at Carshalton College and benefit from

    1. Lower tuition fees = less debt (£4,300 per year)

    2. 93% student satisfaction rate putting us in the top 20 Higher Education Providers

    3. We understand the challenges of working alongside learning and deliver our courses to fit in with your busy schedule

    4. Free Maths and English classes for students with an identified need prior to starting your courses

    5. Staff that have a wealth of industry experience

    6. Small class sizes, excepetional levels of one to one support and tutorials

    7. Lectures, tutorials and presentations to help your learning development

    8. Graduate with a Degree that is awarded by one of our carefully selected University partners

    9. Excellent transport links

    10. A local learning provider with considerate success rates well above the national average

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  • 03/02/15--03:04: SE SCOTY Regional Final 2015
  • Carshalton College is looking forward to hosting the South East Regional Finals of the School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) competition on Friday 6 March.

    This annual competition puts the preparation, cooking, creativity, technical ability and presentation skills of school chefs to the test with each entrant required to produce, in just one and a half hours, a healthy balanced two- course meal that would appeal to Year 6 pupils, comprising of a main course to include two MAGGI® products and a dessert using any Nestle ingredient.

    The composition of the dishes must confirm to the Eat Well Plate and adhere to the principles of Nutritional Standards for school meals.  A maximum of £1.60 per head is allowed for the food cost of a main course and dessert for one child.

    The competition is sponsored by MAGGI® from Nestlé Professional®. With school menus having to reflect popular themes and worldwide cuisine in order to appeal to today’s discerning youngsters, Nestlé Professional® has included an extensive cross-section of MAGGI® and Nestlé® products for use in your recipes.

    A panel of judges,including two pupils form Woodmansterne School will be overseeing the final during the day with competitors Vernon Tison, Melanie Inwood, Liz Sutcliffe and Paul Hopkins cooking their dishes in the College’s Nightingales kitchen. The winner will go forward to the National final in May. Students from the colleges hospitality department will be preparing a 2 course fork buffet for the competitors and their guests.

    Nightingales is Carshalton College's on-site training restaurant. Meals are prepared and served by our enthusiastic students under the supervision of experienced chefs. The restaurant offers real hands on experience and is open to the public during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.

    Students are on a variety of courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery, and cover

    • Food preparation
    • Food hygiene
    • Health & Safety
    • Menu design & costings
    • Event planning and management
    • Restaurant floor service planning

    Bookings can be made between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please contact Nightingales Restaurant on 0208 544 4433.


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    We are pleased to launch a brand new website dedicated to to enterprise and employment plus a number of services to employers.

    The Enterprise and Employment Zone at Carshalton and Kingston Colleges is committed to working in partnership, to support organisation’s skills, employment and training strategies by providing professional training and development programmes to meet business needs and economic growth.

    We can help you:

    • Undertake a cost free skills, employment and training consultation
    • Support your organisation to develop a Skills Employment and Training Plan
    • Support the development of bespoke training models
    • Provide your organisation with information on funding grants to support succession planning
    • Provide a cost free recruitment and matching service
    • Identify and increase the skills your business needs
    • Pinpoint the right training
    • Agree a tailored training programme
    • Find out what funding is available to you

    Services provided include:

    • Apprenticeships
    • FREE Recruitment Service
    • Foundation Degrees
    • Professional and Management programmes (sector specific)

    For more information please call: 020 8544 3001 or email:

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    Daniel Blaszczyk joined Carshalton College in September 2014 as an English Tutor. Daniel is a great asset to the College with his wealth of experience in his career from running his own business, teaching to his passion as a writer, inspiring students about where creativity can lead you if you take opportunities. This case study looks at his varied roles during his career.

    From a young age, Daniel’s ambition was to be a writer, starting with an interest in drama novels and being inspired by social politics and working class novels. He left school at 16 in a time when you were expected to leave education and get a job. His career started by training as a mason and setting up his own business fitting designer bathrooms and kitchens, renovations and installing Edwardian tiling. As the owner of the business, Daniel worked with the Youth Opportunities Programme to help provide work experience for 16 year olds in masonry, plumbing, plastering, construction and flooring. During this period working with young people, Daniel found he spent a lot of his time teaching the students English and Maths to help in their job roles and inspired him to think about a career in teaching.

    Following a back injury, Daniel had to close the business and decided to go back into education himself and train as a teacher. He completed his GCSEs and A Levels before enrolling at Roehampton University in 1995 to complete a degree in English, History and Philosophy, a Masters in Literature and Politics and his teaching qualifications. Daniel graduated in 2002 after spending a number of years studying, volunteering as an English Tutor to gain experience and working to earn money to support his studies.

    Two professors at the University inspired Daniel to think about his interest in English and look at different forms including poetry. It was during this time that Daniel realised his love with writing was based on forming a written response to what is happening socially in the world, people watching and capturing a snapshot of a situation and creating a story and the value of working with unedited material.

    As a teacher, his career started in 2003 when he joined NESCOT College in Epsom as a sessional teaching. Daniel worked at NESCOT for 8 years becoming a full time English Tutor, Co-ordinator of Skills and Head of Skills. He then went onto similar roles at South Thames College and West Thames College before taking a break to concentrate on his writing and then joining Carshalton College last year. In his role as an English Tutor, his focus is on the learners achieving and feels everyone deserves the opportunity to progress and working with his team they support students in their journey to achieving their qualifications.

    His passion is writing and his first book, ‘A Collection of Thoughts & Too Much Time’ was published in 2013. It is available online worldwide and in bookstores such as Foyles and WH Smiths. In America it featured on the New Talk Radio show and is on sale in campus book stores. He describes it as

    “Life is simply a series of snapshots, with each snap a particular event. I have tried to capture some of these events, not using a camera or mobile phone, but rather, to express my feelings and thoughts about them. Clearly, I have also had far too much time on my hands!”

    His second book focuses on his grandchildren and is called ‘Millie’s Thoughts’ and his third book due for release as a Kindle E Book with illustrations is titled ‘Millie That Kid’. Daniel’s next project is a novel he is half way through which is about immigration. It is an account through his father’s eyes who moved to Britain from Poland after the Second World War and the day to day struggles and racism that existed.

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    Carshalton College’s Learning Centre has a fantastic range of resources for its learners including access to 3000 ebooks and other online resources.

    Ebooks are electronic versions of printed books and provide access 24/7, both within college and remotely through personal electronic devices. Additional e-resources available include ejournals, databases and online training packages.

    Carshalton College is among the majority of colleges and 6th form centres in the UK that have access to the ‘ebooks for FE Collection’ provided by JISC. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), is a government sponsored organisationwhich helps support education establishments by facilitating cost effective ways of providing essential resources to students online. Since 2009, they have provided collection of ebook versions of titles from a wide range of publishers free of charge to colleges and 6th forms.

    The content of the collection is based on recommendations by librarians working in the field. Students can download titles or read them online, print and annotate text, and save titles into their Bookshelf for later reference. Downloads last for 14 days and are then deleted from the device. Online access to the titles is available either in single or multi user licence format.

    Monthly statistics provided by JISC show that Carshalton College consistently has the highest usage of ebooks in their group of colleges with similar student numbers (JISC Band H). Statistics from January 2015 (the last month published) show that users from Carshalton College viewed 363 unique documents, the 2nd highest of all institutions in the UK, and there were 665 individual user sessions.

    Mark Tonkiss, Learning Centre Co-ordinator, at Carshalton College, is pleased so many students are accessing these resources 

    “Students are informed about the online services during their inductions and are provided with a special login to access them. The usage of online resources goes up in relation to the level of the course, with Level 3 and 4 qualifications required to undertake more in-depth research. The monthly statistics allow us to see what is popular in the collection and help us tailor the support we provide so that learners get the most from the services we offer. This virtual learning environment complements the range of 30,000 printed books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers available in the library and significantly increases accessibility for learners.”

    For more information, please contact

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    Hairdressing students at Carshalton College have been busy with external visits and events this term. Eight Level 3 students joined a College Focus Day at Wella Professional in London, student Danae Roadnight assisted at London Fashion Week and 11 students will be working at the Ideal Home Show coming up in April.

    On Friday 27 February, the students visited Wella Professionals in Oxford Circus which was a great opportunity for students to learn more about advanced hairdressing techniques. 60 students from Colleges around the UK took part in the session and Carshalton College students Hayley Thomas and Danae Roadnight presented on stage about their experience working with different hair styles. The day also included break out sessions with group tasks to create moodboards.

    At London Fashion Week, hair tutor Fiona Chaffey was asked to create a look book for designer Yufash ‘live you’ at the Flash Avenue Studios in London. On 24 February, Fiona and Level 3 student Danae assisted 4 models in creating looks.

    Coming up in April, hairdressing students will be gaining vital industry experience styling models at fashion shows taking place during the Ideal Home Show in Earls Court, London on Wednesday 1 April.

    Level 3 VTCT VRQ Hairdressing Diploma students will be joining Fiona styling models, working as stylists or backstage helpers. Fiona, who will be Head of Hair for the shows and will work on a brief provided prior to the show to create moodbords and eye catching styles. The theme for their show is ‘Beauty from Within’ telling a story from hiding to blossoming. There will be 3 shows throughout the day and 15 models to style from Models of Diversity. MisGuided and Sainsburys are sponsoring the event and students from the London College of Fashion will be completing the make up on the models.

    Tutor Fiona Chaffey secures places for the students to help at these type of events to enable students from the Hairdressing courses at the College to add the experience of working back stage at an event.

    Fiona said “It will be give the students an insight into a different world and open up an alternative avenue into the hair industry in addition to working in a salon. There are endless opportunities and one is working back stage at events like this and being a sessional stylist. For the students it allows them to practise their skills in a pressurised environment but provide work for their portfolio and CV on leaving College and the opportunity to network with industry contacts.”

    Hairdressing Courses at Carshalton College

    Our Renaissance Hair salons at Carshalton College offer a variety of treatments, in a friendly environment at low affordable prices. Students are guided by college tutors and technicians to ensure high standards and excellent customer service.

    Students from Levels 1, 2 and 3 diplomas in hairdressing learn skills and techniques in our training salon and gain experience of an industry commercial setting by treating customers in the Renaissance salons. The hairdressing course has been established for 50 years at the College and along with the beauty courses offer chances to study on Full-Time and Part-Time course or as an Apprentice.

    High quality and professional hair and beauty products are used and available to purchase. As part of the treatments we take pride in advising customers which products are best suited to them and their lifestyles. For the benefit of our trainees and the clients, we aim to create a realistic commercial working environment as possible.

    Hairdressing students provide shampoo, sets and blow drys, colours and highlights and afro hair applications. The team also provide bridal hair and perming.

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    Engineering, Electrical, Construction and Motor Vehicle Information Evening

    • Are you are currently working in an engineering, electrical, construction or motor vehicle setting?
    • Would like to study part-time for a Foundation Degree that is relevant to your job?
    • Are you looking achieve your Honours Degree?

    Come to our information evening to find out more about our Engineering, Electrical, Construction and Motor Vehicle Courses

    Information Evening
    Wednesday 22 April
    6.30pm to 8.00pm

    The event will provide an informal way to:

    • Meet the tutors
    • Find out more about the course content
    • Ask questions
    • Make an application for September 2015
    • Advice and guidance regarding student finance


    Our Higher Education courses

    Engineering and Electrical

    FdA Electrotechnical Industries


    Chartered Institute of Builders

    Motor Vehicle

    IMI Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Automobile Studies for Master Technicians

    We look forward to welcoming you to the College on Wednesday 22 April 2015 at 6.30pm.


    To book your attendance, please contact

    Inogen MacKenzie on 020 8544 4363

    or email

    10 Reasons to choose Carshalton College

    Study at Carshalton College and benefit from

    1. Lower tuition fees = less debt

    2. 93% student satisfaction rate putting us in the top 20 Higher Education Providers

    3. We understand the challenges of working alongside learning and deliver our courses to fit in with your busy schedule

    4. Free Maths and English classes for students with an identified need prior to starting your courses

    5. Staff that have a wealth of industry experience

    6. Small class sizes, excepetional levels of one to one support and tutorials

    7. Lectures, tutorials and presentations to help your learning development

    8. Graduate with a Degree that is awarded by one of our carefully selected University partners

    9. Excellent transport links

    10. A local learning provider with considerate success rates well above the national average

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    Join us for a celebration of careers and possibilities in the STEAM industries; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths to inform and encourage students in year 10, 11 & 12 and staff from schools and Colleges across London and the South East of England about opportunities in these industries. 

    What’s On

    Drop in anytime to meet


    Offering inspirational discussions about careers in the Creative and Digital Industries including

    • Tim Allen  -Lead Animator with Tim Burton
    • Uli Webber - Photographer
    • Hannah Vernon – Editor SKY TV
    • Antoni Kujawa  - 3d artist FrameStore 

    Industry Stands

    Representatives from

    • Adobe UK
    • Autodesk
    • BAFTA
    • British Interplanetary Society
    • CyberSecurity Challenge
    • IDEAS Foundation
    • Girls Network
    • MiroBot
    • Teach Too – Creating and marketing Robots
    • Toon Boom Animation
    • UKIE
    • WorldSkills UK 

    University Workshops from

    • London SouthBank University
    • Portsmouth University
    • Southampton Solent
    • University of West of England
    • Kingston University 

    ‘Have a go’ Workshops

    • 3d Games
    • Programming Robot Wars
    • 3d Printing and more 

    Find out more about Creative and Digital Apprenticeshipswith Creative Process and Firebrand 

    Semi Final of the World Skills Graphic Design Competition

    20 of the country’s best graphic design apprentices and Level 3 students will be battling it out for a place at the UK Finals in the NEC Birmingham this Autumn. They will be being judged live by Creative team from Coley Porter Bell and Ogilvy Labs. 

    Film and Animation Festival

    In the STEAM Cinema, we will be screening the winning entries in the STEAM Film and Animation Festival 2015. Featuring Level 3 students work from around the UK and USA.

    Rachel Kelly, Head of Computing and Creative Industries said “this is a great opportunity for Colleges and Apprenticeship programmes to collaborate and share creative success. I hope the many outward looking, successful colleges will engage and enter their best animations and videos from the last three years.

    There is currently no film and animation festival directed at 16 to 18 year olds and we wanted to create a platform for budding producers to showcase their work, inviting college students and apprentices from around the UK and the world to enter. The only enter criteria is they have to be studying on a Level 3 qualification but this does not have to be a creative course. We have had a great response already with students from America and across the UK submitting their work.”

    The competition and festival is being supported by Adobe, 24-7 Drama, Toon Boom, WorldSkills UKand Autodesk. On Thursday 7 May at the College’s annual STEAM Fair event there will be mini cinemas to screen the productions with two projection areas and an interactive area. Winners will be announced through the day. 

    Activities will take place throughout the day so visitors can drop in anytime and the aim is to inform and encourage students of the career options within the industry and explore and celebrate some of the skills sets involved.  

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    Carshalton College has registered to be a Lead College within the Computers at Schools Network of Excellence (NoE). The priority as a lead is to continue to develop computer science teaching in the curriculum whilst looking for opportunities to share expertise with other schools in the local area.   

    As part of our Lead College role with in the Computers at Schools Network of Excellence, the College is providing a two day Robotics Boot Camp as part of the Teach Too programme. This training is being led by industry experts Robotique and is being delivered to staff from the College and to teachers both local and from across the country.

    Day one of the training will be looking at Raspian and Python for control systems with day two devoted to the electronics interface needed to create self-sensing robots and other imbedded devices that make up the Internet of Everything.

    2015 STEAM Fair

    This course is part of the college’s commitment to STEAM (Science Technology Entrepreneurship Art and Maths). We have a rolling programme of events revolving around the Carshalton STEAM Fair taking place on Thursday 7th May 2015

    For more information, please contact

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    Would you like to help others whilst helping yourself?

    A career in adult social care can be extremely rewarding – in a recent survey 96% of care workers said they felt their work really makes a difference. If you’d like to do a job that gives this level of satisfaction, and that would allow you to help improve others’ lives, but feel that you don’t have the right experience or qualifications to show to an employer right now, we might be able to help!

    We are now offering new Health and Social Care Apprenticeships with flexible start dates available throughout the year.

    Take a look via the below links for more information about these Apprenticeships.

    Health and Social Care (Adults) Level 2 Apprenticeship

    Health and Social Care (Adults) Level 3 Apprenticeship

    Allied Helath Profession Support Level 3 Apprenticeship

    Please note you will need to be employed in a Health and Social Care setting for at least 30 hours per week.

    Contact Customer Services on 020 8544 4501 or email:



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    Carshalton College was thrilled to welcome Adee Phelan who visited the College's training salon and students.

    Adee Phelan is an inspirational and award-winning hair stylist with a fresh and unique approach to his work. Describing himself as "an industry" and was a critical factor in the on-going success of Channel 4's, The Salon
    Adee started his career in hairdressing at the age of 25. He graduated to Senior Stylist in early 1999 and developed his own unique cutting style.
    Celebrity Clients Include: Liza Minnelli, David Beckham, Sarah Harding, Catherine Tate, Andriy Suevcuenko, Sophie Anderton, Natasha Hamilton, Fran Cosgrove, Callum Best, Lee Sharpe, Nicole Appleton, Natalie Appleton, Max Beesley, Piers Morgan, Kerry Katona, Brian Harvey, Fifi Geldoff, including the members of Girls Aloud, Elizabeth Jagger, Rosamund Pike, Rick Parfitt, Kevin Peterson and Erin O'Conner.
    Adee was able to share his journey and experiences with our Hairdressing students along with valuable tips and techniques on styling, colouring, etc..

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    Rylan Taylor, 19, joined Carshalton College in September 2014 and enrolled on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Games Development Level 3. Rylan’s enthusiasm has shone through since joining the College and he has achieved distinctions for all his assignments. Following a change in his career, Rylan talks about finding a course based on what he loved to do as a hobby.

    Rylan finished school at 16 and after enrolling a sixth form and changing to a sport course at College, Rylan completed his qualification as a Personal Trainer but realised it was not for him and looked for a new direction. As a hobby, he loved playing computer games and chose to study at Carshalton College after visiting an Open Event and talking to the tutors to see if the Games Development course would suit him.

    The Level 3 course is 2 years and following completion of the course, Rylan is hoping to progress onto University. Here he talks about the assignments he has been involved with so far and what he likes about the course

    “Our assignment based on Animation was making a minute long animation based on the theme Biohazard. It was a tough assignment because real-time film is twenty-four images a second. 24 x 60 seconds is 1440 frames total including having to edit multiple layers of the fore and backgrounds. But I really enjoyed the voice acting, recording explosions and having the freedom to go in any direction with only a few specifications to the brief. For this assignment we used Adobe Flash Professional.

    In addition to the creative projects we also have business modules. 2 assignments have been based around business plans and explaining how we would sell a new game to it’s target audience through a marketing plan and presentation. The next creative assignment was based on skills required for computer graphics for tasks like generating posters and sketching character designs.

     For one assignment we had to design a games character based on a pre-existing game. I chose the game: Dante’s Inferno and created an angel/demon divine entity. The project went through a developmental process, drawing the figure from all angles as you would need for a professional games character design.

    My GCSEs definitely helped with the course from skills I learnt in: Fine Art, Design Graphics and Business Studies. 

    My favourite assignment so far has been based on 3D modelling. Our teacher Mike has been an amazing inspiration having worked on some blockbuster films such as Batman: Dark Knight Rises and Godzilla, and shown the skills you learn are both transferable between the film and game industries. My second assignment from him involved making a 3D environment. The trick is to think of an idea, make it as simple as possible and being able to design it in basic cubes and shapes, pulling at the geometry until it is what you envisioned. I designed a skyscraper in a courtyard on top of a mountain and added the dynamic of snow falling for fun.

    As part of the course I have also helped promote studying Games Development at the Worldskills Show in London for the 3D model software company Autodesk. Representing the College we spoke to about 100+ people in one day explaining how we use the software and showing examples of our work to encourage young people to see the possibilities in this area, as a career path not just a side-line hobby.

    I would say to anyone looking at studying games development, research the courses content to make sure you are interested in the majority of the modules and make sure it is something you’re going to enjoy doing because if it is, you will find yourself pushing for distinctions like me for fun.”

    Games Development at Carshalton College

    The BTEC Extended Diploma in Games Development Level 3 is a specalist games development programme with a strong design core, developed in conjunction with a leading games development company. It is nationally recognised by employers and universities and equivalent to 3 A Levels.

    2015 STEAM Fair

    If you are interested in a career in the games industry, join us for a celebration of careers and possibilities in the STEAM industries; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths to inform and encourage students in year 10, 11 & 12 and staff from schools and Colleges across London and the South East of England about opportunities in these industries. 

    Please click here for more details.

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    Access courses are designed to prepare adults aged 19+ for study at degree level. They provide a great opportunity if you want to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need.

    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities, and many actively encourage applications from Access to HE students. Each year, around 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university.

    Access courses are one year part time courses and are nationally recognised Level 3 qualifications, validated by the awarding body OCNLR (The Open College Network London Region).


    Open Event

    Come along to our Open Event on Thursday 25 June 2015 between 11.00am and 2pm or call 020 8544 4501 for more details.

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  • 05/05/15--06:32: CoderDojo and CAS Workshops
  • CoderDojo and CAS Workshops Saturdays 10am to 1pm

    New CPD opportunity available at Carshalton College! 

    We are a lead college in the CAS Network of Excellence and the Adobe Campus leader programmes. The College has teamed up with the expert programmers at Carshalton Coderdojo to offer local teachers the opportunity to develop computing projects for use with learners; advise on best practice and provide an industry backing to your work; help you to up skill in programming and computer based electronics and produce learning materials for use in the classroom.

    Over the last year we have helped teachers develop specific skill sets in:

    • Programming; C, C++, Java, HTML5, PHP etc.
    • Raspberry Pi computing
    • Basic Robotics
    • Control systems
    • 3d Printing
    • Using Autodesk Maya 3d software
    • Web development
    • Editing with Adobe CC 2014
    • Game development with Flash
    • Animation
    • Creating learning materials using Quicktime

    These sessions are FREE and run each Saturday morning from 10.00 until 13.00 at Carshalton College. This is not a taught programme, rather problem solving and workshop based learning.

    To come along email just turn up!

    Bespoke Training

    To help with more specific needs you may have we can run low cost tailored courses in computing and digital technologies. As we only charge for the teaching costs, courses become viable to run with very small groups.

    So far we have trained some 40 teachers in:

    • Maya,
    • Robotics ,
    • Linux
    • Python programming
    • Simple computer based electronics projects for use in the classroom.

    If you would like to discuss running such sessions please email Mark or Rachel Kelly:

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    New Full Time courses at Carshalton College

    We are pleased to announce several changes to our Full Time courses in Sport, Catering, Hairdressing and Beauty.


    Our new Sports course CYQ Level 2 Activity in Leadership is now a full NVQ which includes an additional qualification plus 36 weeks of work experience placements.  It is a great opportunity to achieve that balance of study and work experience which will provide the learner with skills and employability to continue into the world of work.

    This is a 1 year course where learners will spend 2 days a week at College and 2 days in a local leisure facility.  At the end of this Level 2 course, learners can go onto a Level 3 course or into employment in a recreational facility.

    Also new is the CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training, Circuit Training & Spin for those learners who wish to become a Personal Trainer and don’t already hold a Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym based).

    Catering & Hospitality

    The Introduction to Culinary Skills Level 1 is designed to get you started on a career path as a professional cook in the Catering and Hospitality industry. You don’t need any previous experience and you will learn to prepare, cook and serve a wide range of fresh and pre-prepared foods, practising your skills with the latest equipment in our professional kitchens.

    You can then progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills where you will gain a high standard of cooking skills on a pathway to being a professional cook.

    We are also running a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery.  This qualification covers all the patisserie and confectionery skills and knowledge you will need to demonstrate your skills for a successful career as a pastry chef, or to improve your culinary ability.

    Hairdressing & Beauty

    We are pleased to offer a new course, Level 1 Diploma Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector which is designed to build on your interest and passion for the hair and beauty industry, covering a wide range of skills from styling, plaiting and twisting to make-up or nail art.

    Also new is VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up. This course is designed to prepare you for a career in the competitive world of fashion, media make-up and hairstyling. Having mastered the advanced level skills this course will teach you, you could pursue a career that involves supervising others and managing resources.

    With all our Hair and Beauty courses we can offer a clear pathway or progression route from Level 1 to Level 3 which will provide you with all the necessary skills and qualifications to pursue a career in either the Hairdressing or Beauty Industry, or both.

    To apply for any of these courses, please click through to the relevant factsheets or for more information please call 020 8544 4501 or email:

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  • 05/19/15--02:17: Art Student Exhibits
  • Amie Songhurst, an Art student currently studying at Carshalton College is an exciting young artist who is exhibiting her work for the first time. The exhibition, hosted by Bridges, features all new original work, in a variety of mediums. Born in St Helier hospital and raised in Carshalton, Amie has been encouraged by her family to develop as an artist. Amie started painting from a young age and prefers to work in oil and acrylic, usually from her own sketches and photographs but also from visiting the areas she paints.  

    Amie says “I like the idea of being able to reserve a thought, or feeling, hidden in a picture for all to see. As to what the thought or feeling is, it’s up to the person viewing the painting to decide”.
    Originally inspired by the landscapes of North Wales, (especially the area around Llanberis),
    Amie has since started to look closer to home for her inspiration. In particular she likes to
    capture trees and buildings against a backdrop of dramatic clouds. Her paintings aim to remind
    us of the sense of tranquillity and air of mystery that exists all around us. Amie enjoys creating
    works of art that reveal the wonders of nature and the modern environment.
    Amie finds painting to be relaxing and therapeutic, a nice way to unwind from the stresses of
    modern life and study. She is aiming to develop a full-time career in the art world and sees this
    exhibition as a first step towards sharing her work with the wider community and being able to
    talk to people about her inspirations, style and direction.
    Following her solo exhibition, Amie is currently exhibiting more work the Europa Gallery in Sutton Library.

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  • 05/19/15--02:17: Environ Beauty Care
  • Level 3 Beauty students have just completed a three day programme,  working with leading Skincare specialist Environ Skin Care (IAA).  This has been a great opportunity for the students, allowing them to gain extra knowledge and skills in this area. The experience has also enhanced their CVs which will assist them in gaining employment in the Beauty industry.

    The Environ Skin Care range was developed by Dr Des Fernandes, a world renowned plastic surgeon. The range contains a unique combination of active ingredients  that protect and nourish the skin, improving the appearance of lines, sun damage, problem skin, uneven skin tone and dryness.

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    The Edge Enterprise Business Competition

    The Edge competition reached its finale following months of hard work by students at Carshalton and Kingston Colleges. A number of teams have been running their own businesses and summarised their business plans in a final presentation to a panel of employers.

    The teams were provided with a budget to help get their business off the ground and following the Awards Ceremony in London sponsored by NatWest on May 14, both Colleges will continue to encourage each team to develop and grow a successful business.  This year the Overall Team Winner and Best Product is 'Back up Bracelet’ sponsored by the Royal Borough of Kingston. The Outstanding Individual award went to Christopher Drew who wins a dinner for two people at Brasserie Vacherin sponsored by Malcolm John. Other awards included: College Legacy – winner KCDC; Most Profitable – Regenerate; Overcoming Challenges – Vintage Gaming Consoles; Best Team Participation – Ultimate Fudge and Special Commendation – Get local.

    The teams of students have developed business educational concepts since the start of the year across the following areas; IT & Media, Catering, Performing Arts, Business and Skills for Work & Life with students demonstrating enterprising qualities and capabilities by thinking differently about education and commercial enterprise.
    The Edge competition was launched across Carshalton and Kingston Colleges in September 2012 with the aim to inspire young people to consider starting their own business, improve their employment prospects as well as supporting specific business units that students are undertaking as part of their College education.

    The Awards Ceremony was sponsored by NatWest who see the benefits of giving students the opportunity with projects like this. Nick Howe, Regional Enterprise Manager NatWest says:
    “At NatWest we are passionate about inspiring enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit in our communities.    I am therefore delighted to be able to work with the students of Carshalton and Kingston Colleges to help and support the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

    The federated Colleges have embraced a culture of enterprising futures to foster a new generation of social and commercial entrepreneurs.  The Enterprise Passport developed in 2013 has levered to create a menu of enterprising entitlements to support students during the academic year. For example, NatWest have hosting a number of business workshops, one to one support as well as extending opportunities to local communications veered through an Enterprise Business School.

    The Colleges are committed to working in partnership with flagship employers such as Merlin Entertainment, Sainsbury’s, The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames (RBK), Successful Sutton, Design JD, NatWest, Subsea 7 and Malcolm John Restaurants to support the drive for an entrepreneurial culture to ensure students are equipped with the necessary skills for employment/self-employment in driving forward economic growth.

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    We are inviting prospective learners to our Open Event on Thursday 25 June from 11.00am to 2.00pm with:

    • Tours
    • Chance to talk to tutors and students
    • Meet the Principal and Head of College
    • Advice & guidance

    Pre - Register to attend our Open Event
    If you would like to attend our Open Event you can register to attend in advance and receive a ticket to bring to our Open Event.
    Please note only potential learners need to register. Parents/friends attending with a potential learner do not need to register. You can register on the day at the event if preferred.

    The excellent learning facilities include our Pulse Health & Fitness Centre, Renaissance Hair & Beauty Salons, Nightingales In-House Training Restaurant, Music Studios, Carpentry & Plumbing Workspaces and Motor Vehicle Workshop, plus the Power Assessment and Training Centre.

    Meet our team of tutors and students
    For an insight, tutors and students will be available to answer questions. You can also apply at the event for courses with immediate start dates and those commencing in September 2015.

    Meet the Principal and Head of College
    Meet our Principal, Peter Mayhew-Smith and Head of College, Janet Smith and take the chance to ask any questions.

    Advice & guidance
    The Student Support Centre will be available to talk to at the Open Event. Visit the team to receive advice and guidance on finances, education & training opportunities and information on College Life with the common room, learner voice, enrichment and student union.

    As Sutton’s only Further and Higher Education provider, our courses suit everyone aged from 16 years. We offer Full Time, Part Time, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Skills for Work & Life courses in art & design, accounting, digital media, games development, music technology, construction, brickwork, plastering, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, motor vehicle, health & social care, childcare, catering, hairdressing, beauty, sport, public services and IT.

    Please note: Under 16’s are required to be accompanied by a responsible adult

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    The sweet sounds of traditional jazz will soon be drifting through the corridors of Carshalton College as Carshalton Jazz Club will be relocating their sizzling, swinging sounds to the South London, College. After a twenty one year residency at the Cryer Studio Theatre, the monthly sounds of top swing and big band jazz will be heard from their new home.

    After considering several options for a new venue for the Jazz Club, Carshalton College, was a clear winner. From September, the College will be providing their 100-seater ‘Nightingales Restaurant’ for exclusive Tuesday evening use for the Jazz Club.
    Staff and students at the College, which teaches almost 4,000 students over 130 courses, are very excited about the prospect of a Jazz Club residency. Janet Smith, Head of College said: "We're delighted to welcome Carshalton Jazz Club at the College and look forward to a long-term partnership and some great musical evenings in our Nightingales Restaurant."
    David Burr, Manager of Carshalton Jazz Club said: “We are buzzing about the new venue; the College has strong local connections; and provides a fantastic stage area large enough to accommodate a six-piece Swing or Dixieland band or a sixteen-piece ‘Big Band’. We will be able to retain existing ticket prices; provide guests with flexible seating and table arrangements; and most important of all - a licensed bar! We’re looking forward to putting on a fabulous show for the grand re-opening in September.”
    Guests to the new Carshalton Jazz Club venue will be able to access the club without going through the College, and transport links to the good including the nearby 127, 151 and 157 bus routes. Carshalton Station is a 4-5 minute walk and the site provides secure parking.
    The real ‘sweet spot’ is that the College’s restaurant ‘Nightingales’ – a well-established showcase for the Catering College – may be open to guests on Tuesday Jazz nights. Jazz lovers can expect to enjoy appetizing bar snacks, tasting platters and hotpot suppers. Sounds like Carshalton College will certainly be hitting all of the right notes!
    For information on the Jazz Club opening and the programme:

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