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    Are you the next Jamie Oliver or Michel Roux? Carshalton College are offering a 10 week course to introduce budding young chefs to the real world of kitchen life.

    This varied and interesting course is taught in our in house training restaurant Nightingales by industry experts and covers

    • basic food preparation
    • different methods of cooking, from bread making, modern cookery to classical French dishes, savouries and desserts
    • simple nutrition
    • basic kitchen hygiene and safety

    At the end of the course, you will prepare a three-course lunch for your parents/guardians and receive a Certificate of Attainment. Learner's must

    • have a keen interest in food
    • be attending a local state school in year 9, 10 or 11

    Chef Academy

    10 week course

    Saturdays

    9.30am – 1.30pm

    £180.00

    Commencing date Saturday 5 April

    Become the next BEST young chef .

    For more details and to register your interest, please contact our Customer Services Team on 0208 544 4501 or cs@carshalton.ac.uk

    Carshalton College offers students a variety of Hospitality & Catering courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery.

    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 is open to the public during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.


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    As part of Apprenticeship Week, Carshalton College is inviting prospective learners to visit their Open Event on Wednesday 5 March from 4.30pm to 7.00pm for

    • Apprenticeship Information Sessions
    • Natwest Enterprise Bus
    • Tours
    • Chance to meet tutors & students  

    To register to attend, click here

    Apprenticeship Information Session
    Do you want to earn a salary, get holiday pay, receive training, gain recognised qualifications and learn job specific skills?

    Visit our Information Session to find out how an Apprenticeship can work for you. You will have the opportunity to find out about Apprenticeships, ask questions, speak to tutors, take a tour of our facilities, get tips and techniques on how to apply for jobs and complete an application form for September 2014. We can offer advice and guidance on how to apply for a job (which you will need before you start an Apprenticeship)

    Carshalton College offers Apprenticeships in Accounting, Business Admin, Carpentry, Catering & Hospitality, Childcare, Customer Service, Construction, Electrical, Hairdressing, Motor Vehicle, Plumbing and Supporting Teaching and Learning.

    NatWest Enterprise Bus
    The NatWest Mobile Business School is coming to Carshalton College!  Visit the bus outside main entrance from 10.00am to 5.00pm for information and workshops which are aimed at providing budding entrepreneurs the tools to start, run or expand their own business.

    Tours
    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 2014.

    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.

    Success Rates
    Carshalton College is delighted to have been recognised as ‘The Best College in London’* for long courses.

    Janet Sherborne, Head of Carshalton College, welcomes the news of the success rates and says: "We are delighted to hear that we have the best success rates on long courses in London. Here at Carshalton College we have been making steady improvements in our performance and the latest results are a huge credit to the hard work of our dedicated staff and the support from governors. For us, this is just the beginning of what we hope will be a very successful journey for our College. I'd like to thank our 'Student Voice' for their feedback which helps the College meet our learners needs and will ensure we keep going from strength to strength."
     

    *Long course success rates 2010/11, London Region Source: The Data Service,

    Carshalton College has been educating people and realising students’ ambitions for more than 50 years and boasts excellent facilities that are continuously evolving to provide an outstanding vocational learning environment. The College offers a vast selection of Full and Part Time courses, Higher Education, Skills for Life & Work and Apprenticeships for students of all ages and abilities. These include qualifications 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.
     

    Visit us on Wednesday 5 March from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

    www.carshalton.ac.uk
    020 8544 4444


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    If you want to find out more about running your own business, an event at Carshalton College next month is a must.

    The NatWest Mobile Business School, in the form of a 1960's double decker bus, will be at Carshalton College on Wednesday, 5 March. They will provide a range of information and workshops available to give you the tools to understand how to start – and expand – your own business.

    The free business event runs from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and is being organised by NatWest in partnership with Carshalton College. A number of business professionals and other organisations will be on hand, to offer free practical business advice.

    Nick Howe, NatWest Regional Enterprise Manager, advised: "We are delighted to be able to bring the Mobile Business School to Carshalton College and to work alongside the local community. The bus provides a unique way of taking support, advice and expertise out to future entrepreneurs."

    NatWest Poster


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    There are currently some exciting offers available to customers of our Renaissance Hair & Beauty Salons and Nightingales Restaurant at Carshalton College.

    Renaissance Hair and Beauty

    Both of Renaissance's hair and beauty salons offer a relaxed yet professional and stylish learning environment where you can book an appointment for a snip of the price you would pay on the high street. A College tutor and technician are always on hand to oversee your treatment and ensure the highest standards. A wide variety of treatments are available including cut and blow dry, colour, perms, manicures, pedicures, facials, massage and waxing. 

    Recommend a Friend

    During March, if you recommend a friend to use our Renaissance Hair Salon, you will both receive 50% off any service from our treatment list. Please contact the salon team on 020 8544 4450 to make an appointment. 

    Spray Tan for only £10.00

    Our Renaissance Beauty Salon are offering Spray Tan treatments for only £10.00 during March on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. To take advantage of this great offer, please contact the Beauty Team on 020 8544 419 and quote BEAPROM01

    Nightingales Restaurant

    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 is open to the public during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.

    Coffee Mornings

    Don’t miss out on our Coffee Mornings at Nightingales from 10.30am to 12.30pm every Thursday. Taste the delicious home made cakes with a hot or cold drink. 

    Hot Drink & Homemade Cake for £1.50

    Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate for £1.00

    Fresh Fruit Smoothie £1.00

    Slice of Cake £1.00

    2 Course Lunch for £6.00

    Enjoy a tasty 2 Course Lunch at Nightingales for only £6.00 throughout March. Please contact the restaurant on 020 8544 4433 and quote RESPROM02 to book. 

    Free Hot or Cold Drink

    Nightingales Restaurant would like to offer all their customers a free hot or cold non alcoholic drink with every lunch or dinner booking throughout March and April. Please contact the restaurant on 020 8544 4433 and quote RESPROM01 to book. 

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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  • 03/04/14--07:32: Hairdressing Show
  • Carshalton College is hosting a hairdressing competition on Monday 10 March. The show is titled Vintage T.V with students creating looks using the media, magazines, videos, movies and music for ideas.

    Held in the Pulse Sports Hall, the venue will be transformed into a setting for a fashion show. Over 100 hairdressing students aged between 16 and 60 years will be styling models throughout the day creating an entire look. Family and friends will be asked to model the looks including make up, hair and outfit, combining elements of the course they have learnt so far. Students taking part will be from all levels with six competition groups; Full Time Level1, 2 & 3 and Apprentices from Level 2 Year 1 & 2 and Level 3.

    The show will start at 7.00pm and is open to family and friends of the students, staff and the general public. The competition is put on annually to allow the students to complete a module of their course in organising and taking part in a live event, to celebrate the talents of the hairdressing students and raise money for charity.

    This year, tickets will be on sale for £2.50 and collection boxes used on the night to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    Carshalton College has a great reputation for their Hairdressing courses. The courses have been running for over 50 years since the College opened, making it one of the few original vocational courses on offer. There is a front of house Renaissance salon that is open to the public, which is a realistic working environment and a training salon where learning takes place in a creative atmosphere. The staffs are all dedicated practitioners who continue to work in industry alongside their teaching role, keeping updated of new trends, innovative ideas and practices. 

    The fashion show will be judged by industry professionals from TV, Businesses, Employers, Retail and tutors at the College. Winners will be picked from each group with winning styles being unique looks where students have stepped outside the box to be creative, and in the use of resources available. Mood boards will also need to be provided with an outline of the theme with pictures, drawings, text and materials explained. Winners can also add the achievement to their CV and the success is recognised by employers with previous winners gaining promotions at work placements following the show. 

    Tickets will be available from beginning of February and sold on a first come basis as we are restricted with numbers. Please contact the hairdressing team on 020 8544 4484 for more details.


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  • 03/03/14--01:43: Building Lives Expansion
  • Sutton Apprenticeship scheme expands thanks to training academy relocation.

    The number of building Apprenticeships available to unemployed people in Sutton will more than double thanks to a deal between Suton Council and the company running the scheme.

    Sutton Building Lives, which helps the borough's unemployed find work in the construction trade, will transfer its training academy from Carshalton College to vacant units at Rosehill Court in Morden, allowing the company to increase its apprenticeships from 20 to 50 a year.

    Sutton Council has agreed to cover the rental cost of the new space in return for the enhanced programme, which will be delivered in collaboration with Sutton Housing Partnership and Carshalton College.

    Councillor Jayne McCoy, chairman of Sutton Council’s housing, economy and business committee, which approved the expansion, said: “I am pleased that we have reached this agreement which will lead to increased training for unemployed people in Sutton and help to find work.

    “The Sutton Building Lives programme closely aligns with the key principals of the council’s economic growth programme Opportunity Sutton and I look forward to seeing the next cohort of students pass through the new training academy and achieve their full potential.”

    Sutton Building Lives chief executive Steve Rawlings said: “We are simply chuffed with this decision.

    "The existing academy has proven there is a great demand for construction apprenticeships in the borough and we have already supported many local people into jobs.

    "The tremendous commitment and backing from Sutton Council means our existing partnership with Sutton Housing Partnership will be extended so we can do even more."

    Up to 30 per cent of the people Sutton Building Lives works with are young people classified as not in employment, education or training, while 40 per cent are ex-offenders and 30 per cent are homeless.

    The company has developed an 18 month scheme which includes an 11 week pre-employment course to help prepare students for their new workplace.

    For more information visit the Sutton Building Lives website.


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    The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK and is returning to the NEC Birmingham from 13 to 16 March. This year, Carshalton College students have been invited as Student Experts to demonstrate Game Development to schools from around the country, on the UKIE Autodesk stand.

    The fair is aimed at showing young people from 7 to 19 years just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications. Big Bang expects more than 75,000 young people and parents from schools and colleges around the country to attend.

    The two students Jamie Campbell and Sean Covell, from the Level 3 Games Development course, have been invited as Autodesk Student Experts as a direct result of presenting work for the National UKIE/Autodesk Game Development Competition at the hugely successful Carshalton College Science and Technology Fair in February. They will demonstrate how game elements are created using Autodesk Maya and Mudbox and then coded into a playable game. Sean is already an expert at presenting his Game work to large audiences having represented Carshalton College at the World Skills Game Development Competition last November.

    From meeting inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the biggest and most interesting companies in the UK and through receiving dedicated careers advice, we know that young people go away with a fresh, new perspective on where their school subjects can lead them. The Big Bang Fair is now delivered by over 200 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Led by EngineeringUK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers, the event is supported by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as numerous sponsors from industry. Click here to read more about the fair.

    Carshalton College offers a number of BTEC Diplomas in Digital Media/Games allowing students to develop practical skills in digital media production and communication and specialist games development programme.

    For more information please contact:
    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558 


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    Are you the next Jamie Oliver or Michel Roux? Carshalton College are offering a 10 week course to introduce budding young chefs to the real world of kitchen life.

    This varied and interesting course is taught in our in house training restaurant Nightingales by industry experts and covers

    • basic food preparation
    • different methods of cooking, from bread making, modern cookery to classical French dishes, savouries and desserts
    • simple nutrition
    • basic kitchen hygiene and safety

    At the end of the course, you will prepare a three-course lunch for your parents/guardians and receive a Certificate of Attainment. Learner's must

    • have a keen interest in food
    • be attending a local state school in year 9, 10 or 11

    Chef Academy

    10 week course

    Saturdays

    9.30am – 1.30pm

    £180.00

    Commencing date Saturday 5 April

    Become the next BEST young chef .

    For more details and to register your interest, please contact our Customer Services Team on 0208 544 4501 or cs@carshalton.ac.uk

    Carshalton College offers students a variety of Hospitality & Catering courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery.

    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 is open to the public during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.


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    Carshalton College is now offering a Part Time course in Fitness Instructing for anyone interested in becoming a Personal Trainer.

    The CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications) Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing is an ideal starting point for those wishing to work as a fitness instructor in the Health and Leisure Industry for all ages from 16 years onwards.

    The next course starts on 22 April for 12 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings from 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

    There are no formal entry requirements apart from an interest in health and fitness and a commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle. The course is suitable for anyone who wants to go into the fitness instructing side of the sports industry and is the minimum qualification you need to instruct fitness. Progression from the course can be the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training or straight into work in a gym or as a freelance personal trainer.

    Carshalton College also has fantastic facilities for this course with our Pulse Health and Fitness Centre on site plus our team of tutors who are industry experts. Pulse has the following facilities

    • Air-conditioned 80 station gym with the latest Pulse cardio and strength equipment
    • 18m swimming pool with luxury steam room and quality changing facilities
    • Full size sports hall with four badminton courts, basketball, football, netball etc.
    • Two air-conditioned studios offering a range of activities and classes
    • Quality changing facilities for families and individuals
    • Disability access throughout 

    The course covers exercise and fitness knowledge, and how to structure a programme, as well as how to instruct clients safely and effectively. Units include Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise, principles of Exercise Fitness and Health and planning & instructing gym based exercises. 

    The demand for fitness instructors and personal trainers is increasing rapidly and it is a career that offers the chance to work flexibly to suit your needs.

    To find out more or book your place on this course

    Please contact our Customer Services Team on 020 8544 4501 or cs@carshalton.ac.uk


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    Natasha Sethna joined Carshalton College in 2013 as one of our Sports and Public Services’ Tutors. Natasha is a great addition to the team with her wealth of experience across the fitness industry and passion for health and fitness. 

    With 14 years experience, Natasha is a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer with Level 2 qualifications in Exercise to Music, Gym and Aqua and Step and Level 3 Pilates. She is also an Assessor and Internal Verifier. She has worked for well known health club chains including David Lloyd, Nuffield Health and Greenwich Leisure Limited in a variety of roles including Group Exercise Co-ordinator, Fitness Manager and Freelance Instructor. 

    Since 2008, Natasha qualified as a teacher to become a tutor in Sport and worked at Kingston College for 5 years before joining the team at Carshalton College. 

    Talking about her change of career from working in hotels and computing, Natasha said

    “I have always been incredibly passionate about fitness and saw the opportunity to have a job in something I loved, teach in a social environment and get paid as a bonus. There is so much job satisfaction working in fitness by being in a role where you can change people’s lives by changing their outlook on their health and fitness.”

    Natasha says her career highlights so far include being recognised as a successful fitness manager at a leisure centre where she improved the income with a popular weekly exercise timetable, achieving her degree to teach in further education and becoming an tutor/assessor.

    Natasha’s advice for anyone looking to work in the fitness industry is

    “You must have a keen interest in fitness and be taking part in exercise and sport regularly, start with your Level 2 Fitness Instructing qualification or Exercise to Music Pathway. Be prepared to work hard and sometimes unsociable hours seven days a week. Work with as many clients and exercise programs as possible to gain experience and develop your customer service skills.”

    Carshalton College offers a number of Full-Time and Part-Time Sport Courses providing the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for a successful career in the Sport and Exercise Industry or to continue your studies at Higher Education. The College also has fantastic facilities on site with the Pulse Health and Fitness Centre.


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    14 Motor Vehicle students have been modifying a Ford vehicle in preparation for the Santa Pod Raceway meeting on Saturday 29 March in Bedfordshire.

    The Entry Level and Level 1 Vehicle and Maintenance Repair students have been working evenings and weekends to create a race car for tutor Jim Darville to compete in the drag race meeting. The Ford Puma has been completely stripped and transformed in line with guidelines from the MSA (Motor Sports Council) regulations to be race ready.

    These modifications have 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.

    Jim will compete against 45 – 50 other drivers in a drag race where 2 cars race against each other. The winner is decided by drivers declaring the time they will compete the race before it takes place and the closest to finish to their predicted time is announced the winner.

    Jim says the students are gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience from being involved in this unique project

    “The students involved are gaining experience of motor racing and working in a pit lane. The day will be split into what is called Bracket Racing where there are test runs in the morning and further alterations made to the car before the main race in the afternoon. This will give the students experience of working under pressure to make alterations and being aware of health and safety with working in the pit lane environment compared to their usual class room and workshop setting at the College.”  

    (Students Jamie Ayres, Kyle Vandrine and Anthony Monk are pictured opposite)

    In preparation the Motor Vehicle students also visited RAF Debden to see a variety of cars racing to find out the alterations and costs involved in transforming vehicles to be ready to race. Level 2 Catering and Hospitality student John Darville will also be joining the students to provide lunch while they are working.

    For more information please contact:

    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk

    T: 020 8544 4558 


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    Six Carshalton College students will be joining a special visit to House of Commons on Monday 31 March to celebrate the Gaming software Coderdojo.

    CoderDojo UK has been raising their profile promoting their creative programming and digital fun for young people and parents. Their sessions are for children and parents to learn programming technology together and use 3D and Creative Software, create computer games and learn to programme.

    This event is a showcase of what Dojo attendees from around the UK are doing plus there will be tours of Westminster so that there is an educational element beyond the coding

    Carshalton College students George Davis, Jamie Campbell, Sean Covell, Jordan Mckenzie, Josh Wilmshurst and Carlos Evans-Godoy will be attending along with Mark Gatehouse, Team Leader for ICT and Computing

    Mark and his team work hard to maintain strong links with IT,  Media and Games Development networks, enabling students to gain access to industry specialists and take part in activities with real life briefs and exhibitions. So far this year, the College has hosted a hugely successful Carshalton College Science and Technology Fair in February and as a result two students Jamie Campbell and Sean Covell, from the Level 3 Games Development course, were invited as Autodesk Student Experts at The Big Bang Fair in NEC Birmingham. They demonstrated how game elements are created using Autodesk Maya and Mudbox and then coded into a playable game. Sean is already an expert at presenting his Game work to large audiences having represented Carshalton College at the World Skills Game Development Competition last November. 

    The next CoderDojo will be held on Saturday 5 April from 10.00am to 3.00pm, when we will be looking at building, programming and racing robots! 

    Carshalton College offers a number of BTEC Diplomas in Digital Media/Games allowing students to develop practical skills in digital media production and communication and specialist games development programme.

    For more information please contact:

    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk

    T: 020 8544 4558 


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    Carshalton College is running free monthly Saturday Coderdojo Workshops from 10.00am to 3.00pm during term time, each with specialist themes. 

    Come along and engage with creative programming and digital fun for young people and parents.

    The next workshop is on

    Saturday 5 April

    Focus on Building, programming and racing robots

     

    Working with arduino robots, the session will look at the priniciples of robotics.

    Each month the Coderdojo sessions will provide free expert help from the creative industry professionals, children and parents can learn programming technology together and

    • Learn to code
    • Use 3D and Creative Software
    • Make games, robots and animations
    • Create computer games
    • Learn to programme
    • Edit your holiday videos or photos

    Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

    To book your space on the next session, please visit the Event Brite website

    For more information, please contact

    Mark Gatehouse, Team Leader for Creative Technologies   

    e: Mark.gatehouse@carshalton.ac.uk

    Carshalton College, Nightingale Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2EJ

    For more information on Coderdojo, please visit www.coderdojo.com


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    Carshalton College welcomed over 300 young people to Sutton Council’s Young People’s Careers Fair, held in the Pulse Health and Fitness Sports Hall. 

    From 11.30am to 4.00pm, visitors had the chance to take advantage of expert help and advice from exhibitors including Sutton Council, Opportunity Sutton, Building Lives, ASDA, the Army, Headmasters, Prospects Careers Service and local Colleges including Carshalton College, Kingston College, NESCOT, East Surrey and Croydon College.

    Aimed at students in years 10, 11, 12 & 13 from local secondary schools and young people up to the age of 25 years, the annual fair provided options for further education, training and job opportunities.  Visitors spoke to a range of different employers about the careers they offered and the many different post 16 options they had, including Apprenticeships. Groups of students were also given the chance to attend workshops on Apprenticeships, CV writing, job hunting techniques, and interview skills.

    Councillor Dave Callaghan, Chair of Children, Family and Education Committee at Sutton Council said:

    “Sutton is a great place to study, train and work and I’m pleased that so many young people attended this event to hear about the wide range of opportunities available to them.

    Youth unemployment in Sutton is falling faster than the averages for both London and the UK, and events like this will help us maintain this trend.

    By working together with schools, colleges, employers and training providers, we will help Sutton’s young people reach their full potential and help build a more prosperous borough.”

    For more information please contact:

    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk

    T: 020 8544 4558 


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  • 04/03/14--07:32: Top Tips for Revising
  • Check out our top tips for revising to help you prepare for exams during the Easter Break  

    Manage Time

    Plan your exam preparation. Put all your exam dates and locations on a planner.

    Concentration

    If you work for too long your efficiency will reduce so work in ‘bite sized’ chunks of 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. Then start again.

    Vary Your Revision Methods

    Always be active - don’t just sit and read. Use past papers to focus your work, avoid distractions e.g. radios, mobile, facebook etc.

    How to Revise

    Choose the method that works best for you - combine a range of methods: note taking, post cards, wallpaper, past papers, revise a topic and then ask somebody to test you - which bits did you forget? Learn these!

    The Exams

    • Know the location
    • Ensure you have the right equipment for each subject
    • Get there 15 mins early - rooms might change!
    • Read instructions carefully
    • Read questions - Process and Content
    • Adhere to the marking scheme
    • Manage time so that you can finish all questions

    Good Luck!

    Wondering where to study this September?

    Carshalton College has been educating people and realising students’ ambitions for over fifty years. We boast excellent facilities that are geared towards a vocational learning environment for students of all ages and abilities.

    As the only Further Education College in the London borough of Sutton, we are confident that our courses are varied and flexible to meet a wide range of interests and ambitions. We take particular interest in the progress and achievements of each individual and offer support and enrichment which goes far beyond the classroom. 

    Our Full-Time courses and Apprenticeships include Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Brickwork, Childcare & Early Years, Carpentry, Digital Media, Electrical, Games Development, Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering, Information Technology, Motor Vehicle, Music Technology, Plastering, Plumbing, Public Services, Skills for Work & Life and Sport.

    You can Apply Now or visit the College and our Customer Services' Team to find out about the courses on offer, discuss your options with our friendly and helpful staff and complete an application form.

    Customer Services

    Visit us at College or contact us on 020 8544 4501.

    Our Opening times are:

    Term Time
    Mondays to Thursdays 8.30am to 6.30pm
    Fridays 8.30am to 4.30pm  

    Outside Term Time
    Mondays to Thursdays 8.30am to 5.00pm
    Fridays 8.30am to 4.30pm


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    The Learning Centre at Carshalton College supports learners through the provision of a comprehensive library service and industry-standard IT suite.

    Their mission is "to provide high quality access and support to students, staff and other clients in meeting their information and learning needs."

    As a students at the College, you can access a wide range of resources, services and facilities to complete coursework or meet wider information needs. Students can access Facebook and YouTube on the centre's computers, borrow the latest films on DVD and graphic novels in a comic book style have increased in popularity.

    There is a team of 6 advisors and the Learning Centre Manager, who are always on hand to help students get the most out of the many sources of information the Learning Centre has to offer. The team offer a supportive role in finding and using resources and behind the scenes they maintain and build the resources available and frequent update what can be borrowed and downloaded.

    Features of the Learning Centre include:

    • A collection of 30,000 items, both print-based and audio visual, which supports the range of courses offered by the College and also includes material of general interest.
     
    • Library resources arranged into subject zones, allowing easy access and effective browsing of available materials.
     
    Electronic resources, including e-journals and e-books, which students can access both in College and off campus via the Internet.
     
    120 networked computers for students to use on a drop-in basis, all of which feature Internet access and a broad range of generic and subject-specific software.
     
    • State of the art multimedia facilities for scanning, CD and DVD production, digital image manipulation, colour printing and the use of specialist digital programs.
     
    • A range of flexible study spaces, including a Silent Study Room with computer provision and a Group Study Room.
     
     

    During term time the Learning Centre is open:

    Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 9.00pm
    Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm
    Saturday 9.00am to 4.30pm

    During holidays the Learning Centre is open:

     

    Monday to Friday

    8.00am to 6.00pm

    Saturdays

    (excluding Easter Saturday)

    9.30am to 4.30pm
     
    To find out more about the Learning Centre please call us on 020 8544 4344 or visit us on the ground floor of the College opposite Courses canteen.

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    Motorsport Diploma Open Evening at Carshalton College

    Thursday 1 May 6.30pm – 8.00pm

    Visit Carshalton College to find out more about the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Motorsport Automobile Studies with Kevin Swain, Motor Vehicle Manager

    • Ask questions
    • Find out about more about the facilities and modules
    • Apply for a September 2014 start

    To book your attendance at the event, please contact Tim Ellison on 020 8544 4530 or via email at timothy.ellison@carshalton.ac.uk

    From September 2014, Carshalton College will be offering the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Motorsport Automobile Studies. This is a fantastic new course 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

    Why this qualification?

    As the qualification is Level 3 it 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. The course also has a two year project incorporated into the qualification where learners build a car and then race it.

    In March 2014, 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 including the

    • IMI Diploma in Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
    • City & Guilds Entry Level Diploma
    • IMIAL Extended Diplomas Levels 2 and 3 in Light Vehicle Repair Principles
    • IMI Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Principles
    • ABC Award Level 1 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Studies
    • IMI Levels 2, 3 and 4 Apprenticeships

     

    For more information please contact:
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    The Bricklaying workshops at Carshalton College have been equipped with a new Pan Mixer and Brick Block Saw to help recycle and re use materials.

    The facilities are continuously being upgraded and the new environmentally friendly Pan Mixer has two big drums to crush up brick and block. The sand and hydrated lime generated will then be re used by students in the work they construct. These machines are popular with Colleges as an efficient way to recycle.

    The Brick Block Saw cuts bricks to various shapes and into thin sections to use on constructions such as fire places.

    Carshalton College offers the following Full-Time courses

    • CSkills Diploma in Brickwork Level 1
    • CSkills Diploma in Brickwork Level 2
    • CSkills Diploma in Bricklaying Level 3

    These courses use variety of hand tools, material and equipment to gain the knowledge and skills to build solid walls & piers, cavity walls, chimneys, fire places, masonry structures and produce working drawings.

    For more information please contact:


    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558 


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  • 04/15/14--06:47: Part Time Fitness Course
  • Student Case Study

    Christopher Patera

    Our Part Time courses offer a flexible route to gaining a qualification whether you are looking to change career or further your qualifications. 

    Christopher Patera, 47, enrolled on the CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instruction (Gym based) in January after being made redundant and finding it difficult to gain employment. Chris felt it was the right time to change direction and do something he enjoyed. 

    Carshalton College was the ideal place to study being close to his home and on the same site where he attended the Pulse Health and Fitness Centre. On completing the Level 2 , Chris now intends to become a Personal Trainer and will be enrolling on the Level 3 Personal Trainer course. 

    For Chris, the highlight was interacting with my fellow classmates and finding that he learnt more than he anticipated and thoroughly enjoying the practical teaching. 

    “I really enjoyed the CYQ course at Carshalton College. It was paced just right for myself and the other candidates, with a good mix of classroom based and practical teaching. We were encouraged by the tutor Jez Gray when we needed it and this helped keep us motivated, particularly in my case as I joined the course feeling that I wouldn't do very well, as I am a typically shy and reserved type of person.

    Jez’s teaching style managed to bring me out of my shell and I walk away from this course feeling more confident in my abilities and able to communicate better with others.I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone that wants a start in the fitness industry andlook forward to starting the Level 3 at Carshalton College.”

    why study sport at Carshalton College

    Carshalton College also has fantastic facilities for our Full and Part Time Sport courses with our Pulse Health and Fitness Centre on site. Pulse has the following facilities

    • Air-conditioned 80 station gym with the latest Pulse cardio and strength equipment
    • 18m swimming pool with luxury steam room and quality changing facilities
    • Full size sports hall with four badminton courts, basketball, football, netball etc.
    • Two air-conditioned studios offering a range of activities and classes
    • Quality changing facilities for families and individuals
    • Disability access throughout 

    There is a team of expert staff with a wealth of experience and knowledge, read more in our staff profile page

    Our Part-Time courses offer flexible options to study with the following courses

    • CYG Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training; Evening and Daytime options
    • CYG Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing; Evening and Daytime options

    There are a variety of Full-Time courses to choose from including

    • CYG Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure
    • Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sports
    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science
    • CYG Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training & Sports Massage
    • BTEC Level 3 in Sports Science
    • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

    To find out more or book your place on a course

    Please contact our Customer Services Team on 020 8544 4501 or cs@carshalton.ac.uk


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    The Edge competition reaches its finale next week following months of hard work by students at Carshalton and Kingston Colleges. 13 teams have been running their own businesses and will summarise their business plans in a final presentation to a panel of employers on the 28 April.

    The teams have been provided with a budget to help get their business off the ground and following the Awards Ceremony in London sponsored by NatWest on May 1st 2014, both Colleges will continue to encourage each team to develop and grow a successful business. 

    The 13 teams of students have developed business educational concepts since the start of the year across the following areas;

    • Hair & Beauty
    • IT & Media
    • Fashion
    • Catering
    • Leisure & Tourism and
    • Skills for Work & Life

    with students demonstrating enterprising qualities and capabilities by thinking differently about education and commercial enterprise.

    Teams from Carshalton College include

    Team Name Area Business Idea
    JITOW IT Software Development for Social Media Network
    CCM IT App Products
    Cyclone Keyboards IT Bespoke keyboard development for students with learning disabilities and difficulties
    Community Media Consulting Creative Industries Recruitment Agency for specialist experts
    Cakes 'R' Us Hospitality and Catering Personalised cakes for all occasions (please see image above)
    Jars Hospitality and Catering Assortment of homemade chutneys and pickles
    Regenerate Skills for Work and Life Recycling of gardening furniture (please see image above)

    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 is sponsored by NatWest who see the benefits of giving students the opportunity with projects like this. Nick Howe, Regional Enterprise ManagerNatWest 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.”

    Background to The Edge

    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, the recently announced partnership with the National Association of College University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) has provided access to enterprise conferences, boot camps and business surgeries. In addition, NatWest has added further support by 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 British Airways, Merlin Entertainment, Sainsbury’s, The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames (RBK), Successful Sutton, Sutton Housing Association, NatWest, Subsea 7, Coast to Capital (LEP), Malcolm John Restaurants and NACUE 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.  

    The Enterprise and Employment Zone

    The Enterprise and Employment Zone at Carshalton College and Kingston College 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.

    Our services include Apprenticeships; a free Recruitment Service for both students and employers; Foundation Degrees and Professional and Management programmes (sector specific).

    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.

    We work with a number of employers including British Gas, Thames Water, Balfour Beatty, British Airways, Young’s Brewery, Virgin Active, Toni & Guy, The Merlin Group, Thorpe Park, Royal Marsden Hospital, The British Legions and Terrance Higgins Trust.

    For more information please contact:

    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558 


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