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    The Committee of South London Principals (COSLP) held its annual Best Learner Awards at the House of Lords. Carshalton College is delighted to announce Alannah Williams was nominated for a Best Learner Award 2015. Alannah proudly received her award from Lord Tope at the House of Lords in May.

    Alannah joined the Carshalton College in 2012 and spent two years gaining her Childcare qualification and re-taking her Maths and English GCSEs. After deciding to pursue a career working with young people, Alannah realised it would be beneficial to learn a trade and selected Bricklaying.

    Alannah, who manages multiple mental health issues including ADHD and Bipolar Disorder, works hard to overcome these challenges and is motivated to gain her qualifications and succeed. Alannah receives regular support by the College’s Student Support Team.

    Alannah Williams is currently on the CSkills Diploma in Brickwork Level 1, flying the flag for women in construction. She works hard towards achieving her goal of becoming a youth worker to help other young people who maybe struggling with similar issues.

    Alannah is the only female in the class of 15 students and will be the first female to complete the Level 1 Diploma at the College. Her tutor Sean Henry is extremely proud of Alannah’s attitude and enthusiasm since joining the course.
    In her own words: “At first, being the only girl on the Bricklaying course was overwhelming, but the boys have been helpful and I am treated no differently. It’s a hands on course and Sean has been a fantastic tutor. Carshalton College has given me the confidence to achieve; finding ways to help me learn that suits me. You are treated like an adult.”

    Matthew Proctor, Construction Team Leader, said
    “It is great to have a woman on the bricklaying course; we hope Alannah will inspire other young women to consider learning a trade within Construction. The industry is growing and companies are welcoming the increasing number of women in different trades.”

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  • 06/08/15--07:09: Fun-filled Festival of Sport
  • Fun-filled Festival of Sport

    On Wednesday 3 June 300 students filled the David Weir Leisure Centre for a “Festival of Sport”.

    This multi-college event offered students with learning and physical disabilities from Carshalton CollegeKingston College, Orchard Hill and Carew Academy the opportunity to engage in an exciting day of sport and cultural activities.

    The Leisure Centre was filled with sunshine, colour and laughter as the students formed a procession around the track with flags waving and team mascots marching to an upbeat soundtrack provided by Radio Jackie.

    The students were then given the freedom to explore different sports and activities. The drumming proved popular with the students and the Mayors too. The Gary Mason Charity, whose moto “It’s all about the heartbeat” provided the drums and certainly engaged everyone. 

    Steve Brown the Captain of the England Wheelchair Rugby Team joined in with the sports encouraging the students paid tribute to the event saying; “This is more than just a day out for the students, this raises their self-esteem whilst they’re having a lot of fun”

    The Mayor of Sutton paid testament to the organisation of such a big event praising staff, students and volunteers for their great effort.

    Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal for Carshalton and Kingston Colleges said; “We are lucky enough to have the Mayors of Sutton and Kingston supporting us today. It has been wonderful for our students to take part in such a wide variety of activities.  I am sure the memory of today will stay with our students, staff and guests for a long time. I must thank all those who volunteered their time today from EcoLocal Cycling Sutton Tennis Academy, Surrey Football Association (FA)Carshalton Football Club to the drummers from the amazing Gary Mason Charity.” 

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    Carshalton College and the Green Skills Partnership (GSP)  have recently won a bid for just under £300,000 to support the re-engagement of unemployed construction workers, aged 19 and over. The bid is funding a programme that aims to drive growth within the Construction industry by supporting company's re-introduction of local and suitably qualified labour and support staff - with a background in construction - back into the workforce.

    The bid is part of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) project for construction – a key project within the Greater London Joint Initiative Programme, funded by the CITB and London Enterprise Panel.

    The programme offers work placements with contractors for a minimum of two weeks which will help workers to secure future employment. To take part in the programme the only requirement is that the individual is unemployed and has previously worked in the construction industry. Recent placements include Michelle Umagho-Ukueko, who was placed at a major Willmott Dixon Construction project based in Epsom. Michelle previously worked as a Health & Safety Advisor and the placement offered her the opportunity to update her skills in this area.

    To find out more about how to take part in this programme as an employer or individual, please email
    Image Credit: Placement workers at a Willmott Dixon construction site in Epsom.

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    Janet Smith, Head of College, will be sharing her insights into the world of education at an inspiring event this week.
    Janet, speaking as part of the Inspiring Women network, will talk about her job, its challenges and successes to 120 students in Year 9. Ahead of her address, Janet said: "I'm passionate about education; securing a good education is a tangible way that girls and young women can achieve their career goals and push the boundaries towards workplace equality. My job as Head of College enables me to become a force for good for the hundreds of female students who are educated at the College.
    I'm looking forward to sharing stories about my career in education with the pupils of St. Thomas More Catholic School."

    Inspiring Women is part of the Inspiring the Future network which reaches out to thousands of girls to inspire them to consider the broad range of career options open to them.
    Follow Janet's time at the school on Twitter @CarshaltonAC

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    Congratulations to the Music Department who have recently been awarded JAMES accreditation for all our Music Tech courses (BTEC Levels 2 & 3 in music technology and HND in music production.)

    This means students graduating in the years 2015 to 2018 will have completed a JAMES Accredited course. This accreditation puts our students on a unique pathway after receiving their qualification, as they can join the JAMES educators’ network, maintain music industry links, and secure a dedicated space on the JAMES website

    Music Production Team with acclaimed singer-songwriter Scott McFarnon celebrating Carshalton College's JAMES accreditation.

    Scott commented: “The JAMES accreditation solidifies Carshalton College Music Department’s position as the top College in South London for Music Production.”

    Well done to everyone involved.




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    Thinking of becoming a Fitness Instructor or a Personal Trainer?

    CYQ Certificate in Fitness Instruction Level 2 / Gym Based Exercise

    This is an ideal starting point for those wishing to  work as a Fitness Instructor and includes: Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment; Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise; Principles of Exercise Fitness and Health; Know how to support clients who take part in Exercise and Physical Activity; Planning Gym-Based Exercise and Instructing Gym-Based Exercise.

    Start dates: September 2015 / January 2016 / April 2016


    CYQ Certificate in Personal Training Level 3

    The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client.

    Start dates: February 2016 / March 2016


    YMCA Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

    This qualification is intended for those who assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace (e.g. classroom, training environment). This is a 12 week course with start dates in January 2016

    For more information please contact 020 8544 4501 or email:


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  • 08/01/15--07:20: Enrolment 2015
  • If you choose to study at Carshalton College you will learn in a welcoming and vibrant environment, with fantastic facilities and experienced tutors. 

    Enrolment opens Wednesday 19 August, however, if awaiting exam results enrolment starts Thursday 20 August at 9.00am. 

    At Information point which runs throughout the enrolment period, we can offer impartial advice and guidance on course options available across London and Surrey for Full-time, Part-time, Apprenticeships, Access, Undergraduate and Skills for Work & Life courses.


    Enrolment & Information Point (if exam results are not required)

    Wednesday 19 August

    9am – 4pm

    Enrolment                                     (if  exam results are required)

    Thursday 20 August

    9am – 8pm


    Friday 21 August

    9am – 4pm


    Monday 24 August

    9am – 8pm


    Tuesday 25 August

    9am – 8pm


    Wednesday 26 August

    9am – 8pm


    Thursday 27 August

    9am – 5pm


    Friday 28 August

    9am – 4pm

    You will need to bring the following documents when you come to enrol:-

    • British Birth Certificate or Valid Passport
    • National Insurance Number
    • Fees, if applicable
    • If you receive a means tested benefit, please bring in a letter confirming this (dated within the last 6 months).This  may allow a reduction on the course fees. There may be some additional fees to be paid.
    • Original exam certificates
    • DBS fee and documents - this applies only to Childcare or Health & Social Care course enrolments.
    • School/College reference, only applicable for students under 19 years of age.
    • If your employer is funding your course you will need to bring in a company headed letter from your employer confirming this.
    For further information please call 020 8544 4501 or email:

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  • 08/13/15--07:23: Clearing 2015
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  • 08/10/15--06:05: Apprenticeship Vacancies
    • Earn a salary
    • Get paid holidays
    • Receive training
    • Gain qualifications
    • Learn Job-specific skills

    We have a number of Apprenticeship vacancies available.

    view vacancies here

    Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. Apprentices work towards National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and other nationally recognised qualifications.

    Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you've been trained in the skills they need.

    Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry so they offer a structured programme that takes apprentices through the skills needed to do a job well. Apprenticeships are open to anyone living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

    Apprenticeships we offer


    Beauty Therapy

    Business & Administration

    Catering & Hospitality

    Construction & Plumbing

    Early Years & Education

    Electrical Installation


    Health & Social Care

    Motor Vehicle


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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 Therapy

    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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    South London would-be mechanical and civil engineers are in for a treat, as Carshalton College has just appointed a vivacious Team Leader for their Access to Higher Education,  Engineering.

    Columbian-born Maivtxy Cadavid who joins Carshalton College, is looking forward to helping more budding engineers win a University place.

    “If students have the ability and the desire, it is possible to go to University to study engineering. It’s a great career choice which opens lots of doors in a competitive job market.”

    Maivtxy, is keen to attract more girls onto her courses and says that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is an excellent way to promote these subjects to girls in schools and colleges.

    “Engineering, is just like IT, business or media – it’s everywhere we look. I like to give real life examples of engineering in everyday life and especially like doing out of the classroom teaching as it consolidates learning.”

    With a degree in aeronautical engineering from Queen Mary’s University and an MSc from Kingston University, Maivtxy has an excellent track record - based on personal knowledge and experience - of helping her students get into some of London’s top Universities to study engineering.


    Apply now for Access to Engineering, for September start:

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    We are thrilled to announce the opening of a brand new Aidan Phelan Academy at Carshalton College.

    Aidan will be bringing his flair, style, dedication and expertise to all our Hairdressing students, staff and assessors.

    A media favorite, Adee has appeared in many television shows and was a critical factor in the success of Channel 4's, The Salon. He was the head judge on BBC’s Young Hairdresser of The Year for seasons one and two, and has appeared on Soccer AM, The Weakest Link and Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire. His presence has also been demanded Stateside when he was asked to appear in Shear Genius on America’s NBC.

    Aidan’s career has now turned towards education and he is launching a brand new Aidan Phelan Academy at Carshalton College, whereby he will be working with students, staff and assessors to bring his knowledge, experience and expertise to enhance the hairdressing programmes.

    Aidan will also offer students a booster course at the end of their training which will be in the form of a Diploma covering skills above and beyond the traditional syllabus.

    In addition to Aidan’s involvement in the college Academy, he is also opening a new fully operational salon at Carshalton College, which will be aptly named 'Aidan Phelan Salon'.  This will be a work place for the students from the college to put their skills into practice in a fully functioning working salon, which Aidan will be at the helm of. 

    “My most exciting adventures are just happening now and there are some truly dynamic projects lined up. I am delighted to be working with Carshalton College and the Aidan Phelan Academy is something I am very passionate about. The future of our industry relies on fresh young talent, and being at the grass roots of the industry feels incredible. Great hairdressing all stems from great education and I’m proud to be part of that,” says Aidan.

    Read Aidan's Full biography here

    Courses on offer:


    Beauty Therapy

    Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Level 1

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  • 08/26/15--07:02: New Motor Sports Diplomas
  • New Motor Sports Diplomas now available

    BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Motor Sport

    BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Motor Sport Technology

    These fantastic new courses are for anyone aged 16 years and over, interested in gaining technical knowledge and skills along with diagnostic techniques for today's modern motor vehicle industry. 

    For through practical experience and theory knowledge this course will lead to a wide variety of job opportunities in the motorsport industry. This course prepares learners to progress straight into work or go onto a University course. Practical job role options immediately after the course include

    • Working with rally teams
    • Vehicle Testing
    • Upgrading engines
    • Vehicle design
    • Vehicle management; this course is ideal for those intending to proceed to management positions

    See our latest Race Day at Brands Hatch

    why this qualification?

    The Level 3 will lead to roles at a higher level in the workplace and provide a stepping stone to a foundation degree or HNC or HND. It is a BTEC qualification allowing school leavers to move on from the Level 2 achieved at GCSE. It also includes maths, science, ICT and electronics modules related to the motor vehicle industry. 

    Recently, 14 Motor Vehicle students modified a Ford Puma vehicle in preparation for the Santa Pod Raceway drag race meeting.

    The Vehicle and Maintenance Repair students modified the Ford Puma, completely stripping and transforming it in line with guidelines from the MSA (Motor Sports Council) regulations to be race ready. These modifications included new seat belts & seats, fitting track day tyres, adding a roll cage, stripping the door interior, taking out the headlights and windows and fitting perspex instead of glass and cameras ready to film the action on the day.

    why carshalton college?

    The College has

    • all the latest equipment and vehicles to perform routine maintenance on tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, transmission and electrical systems, as well as removing & replacing engine units and diagnostics
    • 2 large workshops
    • 30 small to medium sized cars including a 4x4 Vauxhall, Ford and Renault models
    • Team of staff who are industry experts

    There are a variety of Full-Time and Apprenticeships to choose.

    Enrol Now!

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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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  • 09/17/15--06:58: Nightingales Restaurant
  • Nightingales Menu for 2015/16 is now available.

    Nightingales is Carshalton College's on-site fine dining training restaurant.

    Meals are prepared and served by our enthusiastic students under the supervision of experienced chefs.

    The restaurant is open to the public for lunch, dinner, functions and business events.
    Nightingales serves lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12pm to 2pm
    3 courses £11 only.
    Nightingales serves dinner on a Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
    5 courses from £21.50
    Enjoy a drink with your meal from our fully stocked bar.
    To book a table please contact us on 020 8544 4433.

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    David Haye will be Guest of Honour at the Grand Opening of the Aiden Phelan Salon & Academy on 8th October at Carshalton College. 

    Hot on the heels of the opening of the Aiden Phelan Academy, celebrity hairdresser Aiden Phelna is launching his own fully independent salon at Carshalton College. The Aiden Phelan Salon will provide South London residents with an opportunity to sample some of Aiden's hairdressing magic, it also provides the opportunity for Carshalton hairdressing students to gain real-life salon experience. 

    Best known for creatbing some of David Beckham's famous hairstyles, Aiden has won British Hairdresser of the Year, Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year and a number of magazine awards. Also known for his uncompromising style, Aiden was a popular judge on TV programmes such as Channel 4's 'The Salon' and BBC's Young Hairdresser of the Year, Series 1 and 2 and has starred in BAFTA winning 'Secret Millionaire' and I'm a Celebrity! Get me out of Here' 

    Aiden Phelan is venturing into education with the Academy at Carshalton College being his first UK training academy. 

    Special Guest: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye; who hails from South London, will officially open the Salon and Academy at 3.30pm on Thursday 8th October, 2015

    To book your appointment at Aidan Phelan Salon please call 020 8544 4450.

    Notes for editors:
    1. Carshalton College has been providing education and training, with specialist facilities and equipment, for over 60 years as the only Further Education College in Sutton. 
    2. Further information contact: Suna Marfé, Head of Marketing,, Tel: 07825 119279
    3. Information on hairdressing courses:
    4. Carshalton College has been providing education and training, with specialist facilities and equipment, for over 60 years as the only Further Education College in Sutton.

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  • 09/25/15--06:58: Bake a Cake Competition
  • We are pleased to support Macmillan Cancer Support with the world’s biggest coffee morning by holding our very own Bake a Cake competition!

    The competition is open to all our staff and students.

    Your cake will be judged by Tom Hall, Catering & Hospitality Team Leader

    Date: Wednesday 7 October 3pm

    Venue: Nightingales Restaurant

    Prize: Lunch for 2 in Nightingales Fine Dining Training Restaurant

    All cakes will then be sold in Nightingales for Macmillan coffee morning on Thursday 8 October 10.15am to 12.15pm

    For more information email:

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