Shipley College full-time course guide 2023-24
Your Adventure Starts at Shipley College! Our brand new 2023/24 full-time course guide for school leavers is here, packed with full-time courses, apprenticeships and T Levels.
Your Adventure Starts at Shipley College! Our brand new 2023/24 full-time course guide for school leavers is here, packed with full-time courses, apprenticeships and T Levels.
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> FULL-TIME COURSES
> T LEVELS
We offer a huge range of full-time courses,
including Apprenticeships and T Levels,
so there is something to suit everyone!
We are not quite like your other
study options! Based in the unique
and beautiful village of Saltaire,
we are a small, friendly College,
well-known for the level of support
we offer our students.
For many young people moving on from
school, our location, our commitment
to getting you into employment, and our
diverse and inclusive community, make
Shipley College the ideal choice.
Our full-time courses and apprenticeships
are designed to get you into employment
or further study. We are rated ‘GOOD’
by Ofsted, who praised our excellent
student behaviour, friendly atmosphere
and culture of high aspirations for all.
Facts and stats 04-05
Our campus 06-07
College life 08-09
Open events 17
New for 2023! 18-19
Finding the right course for you 10
Entry requirements 10
Art & Design 20-23
Early Years & Childcare 30-33
Computing & Digital 34-37
Creative Media Industries 40-43
ESOL (English for Speakers 44-45
of Other Languages)
Foundation Learning 50-53
Applying for an apprenticeship 12
Adult Care 58
Business Administration 28
Countryside Worker 64
Customer Service 28
Digital Marketing 28
Early Years 32
Golf Greenkeeper 64
All the support you need 16
Supported Internships 54-55
Horticulture Operative 64
Health & Social Care 56-59
Studying with us
Information Communications 36
Horticulture, Gardening 62-65
Full-time courses 11
Sports Turf Operative 64
T Levels 11
Music Technology 66-69
Sport & Physical Activity 70-73
Team Leader 28
Travel, Tourism, Aviation 74-77
How to apply 78-79
*Shipley College 2021/22 QDP student survey
We are easily accessible by train
or bus from Shipley, Bradford,
Leeds, Ilkley, Keighley, Bingley
You can catch a bus from Bradford, Baildon,
Keighley, Bingley, Shipley, Guiseley and
other surrounding areas. There are bus
stops situated close to the College, along
both main roads through the village.
Our campus is spread out across five
historic buildings within close proximity,
in the heart of Saltaire village.
The most up-to-date bus and rail
travel information can be found
Need help finding us? View
our campus map on page 80.
You can get a train to our campus from
Bradford Forster Square, Shipley, Bingley,
Keighley, Skipton and Leeds.
Saltaire railway station is situated
right next door to our Mill Building.
Victoria Hall houses our Sports department,
with a dedicated gym and sports hall, plus
Travel & Tourism and their mock aircraft cabin!
Historically, the building aimed to provide a place
of leisure for the mill employees and Saltaire village
residents, and contained lecture halls, a library,
games room, gymnasium and meeting rooms.
Our Exhibition Building is home
to the striking Exhibition Hall,
along with our science lab, Health
& Social Care department, Early
Years & Childcare department,
Exhibition Cafe and Library.
Opened in 1887 in the memory of
Titus Salt, it was originally built to
house the schools of Art & Science.
The Jonathan Silver Building was opened
in September 2015 and is the first significant
new building in Saltaire for 129 years. The building
was named after Jonathan Silver, a Bradford-born
entrepreneur who bought Salts Mill in 1987
and subsequently spent ten years transforming
it into the Mill we know today.
The building is where our Foundation Learning
department is based and has won awards for the
facilities for students with learning and mobility
The Salt Building is where our main
Reception, Student Services, Salt
School of Music, Esports suite,
Computing & IT departments and Salt
Rock Cafe can all be found.
Situated directly next door to Saltaire Railway
Station, the Mill Building houses the Mill School
of Art & Design, our Floristry department
and multi-purpose classrooms.
The building is of great historical
significance, as it served as a purpose
Built in 1854, it was the first building to be
built school for Saltaire in the late-1800’s.
completed after the main mill was built. Formerly
known as the Dining Room, its main purpose was
to provide meals to the workers from the mill.
FULL LIBRARY ACCESS
TO Take OUR advantage LIBRARY of a
well as technology
Life at Shipley College is much for than just your course!
Not only do we have fully-equipped classrooms,
course-specific areas such as greenhouses,
an Esports suite and mock aircraft cabin, but
we also have a wide range of clubs, activities
and opportunities to give you the full College
experience. We understand College is often the
first taste of freedom from a traditional school
environment, and we’re here to make it as fun
and exciting as possible.
We have an inclusive and accepting culture,
encouraging people of all backgrounds and
nationalities to take advantage of our incredible
facilities and knowledgeable tutors. Your safety is
paramount to us and we have systems in place to
ensure you feel comfortable during your studies. We
work hard to shine a spotlight on equality and diversity
by marking awareness days, celebrating different
religions and encouraging open, respectful discussion.
GYM & SPORTS HALL
There’s a huge selection of
fun clubs you can take part
in, such as Football, Nail Art
Club, Dungeons & Dragons,
Music Club, British Sign
Language and more!
We are lucky to be
situated within the
beautiful village of
Saltaire, with plenty of
things to see and do
close-by, such as Salts
Mill and a fantastic
range of independent
shops and eateries.
Roberts Park is an
We want all our students to feel fit,
There are lots of ways to get
space just a short
healthy and happy. Any student can
involved with fundraising
walk away from our
access the Gym & Sports Hall, based
and volunteering at College.
campus, which is the
in Victoria Hall, whether you want
This looks great on your
perfect spot to visit on
to build muscle, tone up or have
CV and can help with your
your lunch break and
fun while improving your fitness.
get some fresh air.
We understand that everyone learns differently
so we’ve put together some information to help
you decide what’s right for you
18+ hours per week
studying at our Saltaire campus
2 year course
high-level learning in your chosen sector
No formal qualifications needed.
Staff will advise the right level for you
to studying, combining coursework,
assessed units and exams
between classroom learning
and practical work experience
At least: English GCSE at grade 2 or above,
maths at grade 1 or above
Building a portfolio,
are just some of the activities
you will do on your course
45–60 day industry
valuable workplace skills with
local businesses that will help
develop your employability skills
At least: 2 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English
or a full level 1 at Pass grade with exceptions where stated
that will give you hands-on real-life
course content, designed in collaboration
with top global businesses
At least: 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English
& maths* or a full Level 2 at Pass grade or above
Don’t worry if you haven’t got any qualifications or do not meet the entry
requirements exactly - our staff will help find the best course and level for you!
*If you do not have grade 4 or above in both subjects, the minimum for the other subject is grade 3
Maths & English
are provided alongside your course
if you don’t have the grades required
An alternative route
for people 16-24 who are struggling
to find the right career. We know
it’s not always easy to find the right
role, especially when you have little
or no work experience and few
qualifications. Traineeships will help
you build skills for employment.
Begin your journey or start a new career with an Apprenticeship. Start a real job
in a sector of your choice and gain hands-on experience with industry experts,
earn a wage, all while gaining a recognised qualification.
I wanted to do an apprenticeship so I could
combine what I’ve learnt in the classroom
with the experience of on-the-job learning
and apply it in the real world.
- Sebastian, Greenkeeping apprentice
can do an apprenticeship
with no previous experience
4 days a week
with your employer and 1 day
a week studying at College
1–3 years to complete
your apprenticeship where you’ll
gain both industry-specific and
Earn while you learn
with an apprenticeship. The Government
set the minimum salary but some
employers pay significantly more
An alternative route
to university. Level 3 apprenticeships
are equivalent to 2-3 A Levels which
means you earn UCAS points
Apprenticeships start all
year round. Visit the Jobs
Board on our website to
explore current vacancies
If you are looking for
a particular role, contact
our friendly Apprenticeships
Team who can help you find
something that’s right for you.
“I have always worked with children from leaving school and I have
been teaching apprentices for the past 18 years. I wanted to share my
knowledge and experience with the next generation of apprentices.
Observing the progress that an apprentice makes during their journey,
and helping a learner to achieve their goals, is what I enjoy most about
12. Jackie, Early Years apprenticeships tutor
“Exa Networks has been going since 2003. We are
always looking for new talent and have even set up
the Exa Foundation to inspire digital learners and
future IT employees, so it follows that we wanted
to take Shipley College students, Fouad and Nathan,
on placement for their T-Level.
We put them through our standard support staff training plan,
like we would for any new-starting member of the team, and they
excelled. During their placements we had them configuring routers
and firewalls, undertaking connectivity diagnostics and offering
first line support.
They were assets to Exa, and at their final assessment I did say
that we would definitely offer them full-time employment if they
want it. They have both gone off to Uni but the offer still stands.
One of the great things about them is that they were both mature,
and ready for the workplace.”
– Lewis, Technical Support Manager - Exa Networks
AND GSCE RESULTS & GUIDANCE DAYS
At Shipley College, we treat every
person as an individual, recognising
that no two people are the same.
We pride ourselves on giving every student who
comes through our doors the individual support
they need and deserve, to help them reach their full
potential. The College is committed to championing
diversity and inclusivity and does not tolerate
discrimination, harassment or bullying of any kind.
Our ALS team offers support if you have Special
Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND).
We will tailor our support to your individual needs.
Our aim is to prepare students for adulthood and to
assist them to become as independent as possible.
This support may include:
Our Open Events are your opportunity to take a tour of
our historic campus, meet your future tutors, ask your
questions and collect a course guide. You can also meet
current students, and you can even apply to Shipley
College on the night.
Our Student Services Team will be your first
point of contact for careers, employment,
university or personal advice. If you have a
concern, do not hesitate to raise it with this
helpful team, or any member of staff, and we
will ensure it is dealt with appropriately and
Contact Student Services:
> In-class support
> Small group interventions
> Assistive technology
> Exam access arrangements
> Personal care support
> Working with external agencies
to provide specialist support
Need money to help with your studies? Financial
support may be available to you, depending on your
personal or family circumstances. This could help
with paying for travel, College supplies or uniform
requirements. You may also be eligible for free
We offer GCSE results and guidance
sessions for anyone who has just
received their grades and are not
sure which path to take.
Scan to book
All students under the age of 19 can apply for
a 16-18 PhotoCard with Metro Travel which cuts
the costs of travel.
Visit shipley.ac.uk/events to book your
Exciting things are launching
at Shipley College in 2023!
Our newly re-branded Mill School
of Art & Design, situated in our Mill
building, will be our creative hub.
Bursting with creative courses,
workshops, art exhibitions and more!
See page 20 for more information.
We are also launching our Salt School
of Music, which encompasses all of
our music courses. Expect exciting
courses, collaborations and plenty
of performance opportunities. See
page 66 for more information.
This academic year, we are
expanding our T Level offering with
some brilliant new courses:
> Media, Broadcast & Production
> Craft & Design
> Ornamental Horticulture & Landscaping
Let your creativity run wild and explore what the world of Art & Design
has to offer! If you are an ideas person and enjoy being creative in areas such
as drawing, painting, sewing & crafts, have an eye for fashion or are interested
in street art, studying Art & Design could be the perfect career path for you.
Where our Art & Design courses could take you...
> Graphic Designer
> Fashion Designer
> Textile Designer
> Make-up Artist
> Jewellery Designer
> Set/Display Designer
ART & DESIGN MYTH-BUSTING
“You need to be good at drawing to do an Art & Design course”
An ability to draw is not a requirement for taking an Art & Design course!
You can use different creative mediums such as sculpting and photography,
to name a few, to communicate your ideas and showcase your talents.
“Art is not a real career”
Everything you see, wear and buy has had the influence of an artist
or designer somewhere along the way! The furniture you use, the clothes
you wear, the TV you watch, as well as the posters and graphics you see
are all the product of people who work in Art & Design.
ART & DESIGN SKILLS BTEC LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 4016
ART & DESIGN PRACTICE BTEC LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 4018
T LEVEL CRAFT & DESIGN LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 4019
“During my time at
College, I have never
felt so comfortable
This year, students had the opportunity to sell work alongside
65 professional artists at Saltaire Makers Fair, gaining valuable
experience and earning over £1000 in sales over the weekend.
The College received brilliant feedback about the students’
involvement, and we have been invited to take part again
We know how important industry links are when studying
a creative course. Our tutors have connections with local creative
businesses, giving you the opportunity to gain some real-life
experience whilst studying with us, which looks great on your CV.
Students visit the People Powered Press, Saltaire
“My course is
and has given me
opportunities I have
never got before.”
“I have previously taught GSCE and A level Art & Design in London,
Surrey and Botswana as well as working on creative enterprise
projects in Yorkshire. I enjoy being able to be creative with materials
and seeing students develop throughout the course both with their
skills and confidence.”
– Marufa, Art & Design student
Louise, Art & Design tutor
I studied the BTEC Level 3 diploma in Art
and Design. For me, the years spent at Shipley
College were the core foundations for me
obtaining my career in the fashion industry.
“I was focused on my vision of working in fashion
and had an amazing tutor who armed me with all of
the qualities I needed to be successful at achieving
my career aspirations. By having the creative
freedom to tailor all of my projects to fashion and
working with like minded tutors and students, I have
Shipley College to thank.
I now work as a web fashion stylist for a vintage fashion company
who are going from strength to strength. When I go to work I don’t
feel like I am working because I love my job so much! Every day
is creatively packed and I still find myself looking back to what
I learned in College and putting it into practice in my job today.
Between College and entering the fashion industry, Shipley College
armed me with a stand-out portfolio which helped me to obtain the
degree in fashion which I needed to move forwards, and I was always
supported along the way.
Tutors at Shipley College are like no other, I am still in contact with
my tutor now and she still supports me and gives me those words
I’d say to anybody thinking about studying with Shipley College
that it will be the most rewarding time learning that you will get.
With hard work and good tutoring, my small dreams from my first
year in College became a reality, and whilst there were times of
doubt, if you keep the vision in mind it will most definitely become
your reality too.”
– Lewis Jones, Fashion Stylist
If you’re interested in marketing and event planning, great at teamwork and using
social media, our Business courses may be for you. You can develop your skills in
key areas such as communication, finance and problem solving, and our courses
can even prepare you for setting up your own business!
Where our Business courses could take you...
> HR Manager
> Team Leader
> Finance Officer
> Account Manager
> Marketing Coordinator
> Retail Manager
> Supply Chain Manager
“Business is a boring subject”
Business isn’t just spreadsheets and calculators! It’s a fast paced, ever
changing sector; from learning how to run a successful business to planning
events and managing money, there’s always something new to learn.
“These courses are only good if you want to start your own business”
The world of business is extensive and you will gain skills that are transferable
across a range of industries. You will explore key areas of business such
as marketing, human resources, finance and website design that can help
you in any career.
BUSINESS RETAIL BTEC LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 3124
BUSINESS BTEC LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 3044
T LEVEL ACCOUNTING LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 3745
T LEVEL FINANCE LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 3748
T LEVEL MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 3740
ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP
27 months / Code: 4382
ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT LEVEL 3 APPRENTICESHIP
21 months / Code: 4383
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR LEVEL 3 APPRENTICESHIP
21 months / Code: 3095
CUSTOMER SERVICE PRACTITIONER LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP
27 months / Code: 3130
CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST LEVEL 3 APPRENTICESHIP
21 months / Code: 3135
DIGITAL MARKETER LEVEL 3 APPRENTICESHIP
21 months / Code: 3222
TEAM LEADER LEVEL 3 APPRENTICESHIP
24 months / Code: 3250
“I really like the
Shipley College as
it means you get
“I am enjoying
my course and
the way it is
taught. I feel like
I am really learning
and the tutors
Collaborative learning has been key for this year’s Business
students! Year 1 and 2 students have been putting their
skills into practice by working together to form ideas
for a collaborative project to benefit the College.
The group agreed on planning a Mind Management
Programme, with the intention of supporting learners
with gaining more knowledge around mental health and
developing friendships. The group is working with College
staff to set up a safe space at break times which will be
accessible to all students on campus.
“I remember as a 16 year old (that’s a long time ago) having such an
enjoyable experience as a College student, and that launched me into
the first 10 years of my career in industry. It was at that point that I
was inspired to get into teaching to try and help others find their own
path open up through a good and inspiring education.”
– Sophie, Business Student
Mark Pease, Business tutor
These courses are perfect for those with a nurturing personality looking to care
for babies and young children. If you have creative ideas, are great at role-play
and are interested in childhood development and teaching, then a career in Early
Years & Childcare could be for you.
Where our Early Years & Childcare courses could take you...
> Nursery Nurse
> Primary Teacher
> Child Minder
> Paediatric Nurse
> Community Worker
> Play Therapist
> Teaching Assistant
> Child Psychologist
> Family Support Worker
EARLY YEARS & CHILDCARE MYTH-BUSTING
“Courses and jobs in childcare are just for girls”
The number of boys and men in the Early Years & Childcare sector has been
increasing in recent years. Working with children is a very rewarding and
fulfilling job regardless of gender and there are lots of career opportunities
out there that our course can help prepare you for!
“It must be easy because all you do is play games with the children”
Working in Early Years & Childcare is not just playing games! Our course
covers topics such as how children develop physically, emotionally and
cognitively, how factors like the environment affects how a child behaves,
children’s rights, and supporting children with additional needs.
INTRODUCTORY CERTIFICATE IN CARING
FOR CHILDREN UNDER FIVE BTEC LEVEL 1
1 year / Code: 5014
CHILDREN’S PLAY, LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
(EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER) BTEC LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 5062
T LEVEL EDUCATION & CHILDCARE LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 5035
EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP
18 months / Code: 5702
TEACHING ASSISTANT LEVEL 3 APPRENTICESHIP
21 months / Code: 5603
“The course has
opened up many
doors to studying
at university and
has given me a
wider knowledge to
use on placement.”
Our Early Years & Childcare students get involved with lots
of fun and interactive projects, helping them connect their
learning with real-life childcare practices.
A recent exciting project saw students care for ‘flour babies’
for two weeks - calculating the costs of items needed
to care for a baby, and some flour babies were given health
conditions which the students had to research to find out
the best way to care for them. At the end of the project,
students reflected on their strengths and weaknesses
and how they found the parenting experience!
“The tutors are
supportive and if
there are any issues
they are always
here to help.”
“I have a wealth of experience in the education sector, previously
working in Special Education roles across the NHS and Bradford District.
I was inspired to teach by my own children. I continually strive for ways
to support them in their learning and education. I am passionate about
ensuring square pegs are not squished into round holes. I enjoy teaching
as I learn so much from my students and my peers.”
- Harriet, T Level Childcare
32. Diane, Early Years & Childcare tutor 33.
If you want to know how computer systems and programs are used in the
workplace, our Computing courses are a great place to start. If you have an
interest in IT, coding and electronics, have ideas for designing apps and websites
or are good with technology and problem solving, you will find the course for you!
Where our Computing & Digital courses could take you...
> IT Technician
> Games Programmer
> Business Analyst
> Software Developer
> Network Engineer
> Web Developer
> Cyber Security Technologist
> Project Manager
> UX Designer
COMPUTING & DIGITAL MYTH-BUSTING
“You can’t get a job in Digital without doing a PhD”
Digital skills are needed in all walks of life and are as important as maths and
English. Whilst some may choose to continue onto higher education to study
Digital qualifications, this is not essential to get a job in Digital - in some
cases you don’t even need a degree!
“All digital jobs will be done by computers in the future”
Computer automation itself requires coders, programmers, data scientists,
and robotic engineers so there is little chance automation will be able to take
over this sector. As more elements of everyday life move digital there
are lots of jobs out there and they are all very well paid.
INFORMATION & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
BTEC LEVEL 2
18 months / Code: 3034
IT BTEC LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 3003
“I came to Shipley
College as it’s the
only place that
offers T Levels.
I find the course
T LEVEL DIGITAL BUSINESS SERVICES
(DATA/INFORMATION ANALYST) LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 3735
T LEVEL DIGITAL PRODUCTION, DESIGN
& DEVELOPMENT (PROGRAMMING) LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 3730
T LEVEL DIGITAL SUPPORT SERVICES LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 3733
“You get to work with a range of other
people. It’s really easy to find your
way around the College - you won’t
get lost! The facilities are good and
the teachers are great.”
- Abdul Malik, Computing student
INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIAN
LEVEL 3 APPRENTICESHIP
21 months / Code: 3101
“I have over 20 years experience teaching at different levels, with the
last three years in Further Education. Witnessing learners progress
is what inspires me to teach. The thing I enjoy most about teaching
is witnessing students happiness about their own achievements!”
Mohamed, Computing tutor
As part of their Digital T level, our students recently
completed 6-week placements with local computing
companies. These included EXA Networks, who deliver
bespoke internet services to schools and businesses,
and BTL Group Ltd, a global technology company.
Exa Networks were so impressed with their placement
students that they have been offered employment after
completing their university degrees!
I looked at several Colleges in the Bradford area before
deciding on Shipley College. The main factors that influenced
this decision were how friendly and approachable the staff
were, how small the College was (meaning the class sizes
would be smaller), and most importantly for me, the fact
that I was completely blind did not bother the course staff
in the slightest.
“As soon as I started my course, it was clear that, as
promised, Shipley College was going to do everything
they could to make sure the course content was
accessible to me and I could participate just the same
as the rest of the students. The smaller class sizes
meant that the tutors had more time to assist me if it was
needed, and the disability support team was incredible.
The most challenging aspect of this course to make accessible
to a blind student was the Games Programming modules, as these
were highly graphical in nature unlike the Software Development
and Networking units of the course. The easy option here would
have either been to allow a Support Assistant to do most of the
work for me, or let me sit this module out and give me separate
work to do instead. However, my tutor chose to go the extra mile
and created a tactile version of the course content using a 3D
printer. This was an unexpected and unplanned thing to do, but
it was something that all of the students, including myself, were
able to get involved in to make sure it gave us the results we
needed, and it was a huge success! Because of this, not only did
we all learn Games Programming as intended, we also got to grips
with 3D printing, which was fascinating for all of us.
Following my course at Shipley College, I then moved out of
Bradford to Bolton where I went on to study Computer Networking
& Security at the University of Bolton. I graduated this course
with a 2:1 and now work full time for BT, one of the UK’s largest
I cannot recommend Shipley College enough. It is a place that is truly
supportive of its students and genuinely wants to see them thrive.”
– Callum Stoneman, Digital Accessibility Specialist
Get ready to step into an exciting creative career that could lead you anywhere!
The Creative Industry needs talented and innovative individuals who have a strong
interest in areas such as film, gaming, television, music, design, animation and
pop culture. The industry is vast and directly created 2.2 million jobs in the UK
in 2020, which is growing larger every year.
Where our Creative Media courses could take you...
> Video Editor
> Web Designer
> Games Tester
> Graphic Designer
> Jewellery Designer
> Set/Display Designer
CREATIVE MEDIA INDUSTRIES MYTH-BUSTING
“ It’s an ‘easy option’ for when you’re not sure what you want to do”
Our Creative Digital Media course requires a high level of skill and is definitely
not an easy option. You will work on multimedia projects using graphic
design, photography, image manipulation, video production, and animation
as well as using Adobe Creative Suite.
“My choice of degrees and career progression will be limited”
Many of our students go on to complete degrees in different areas including
Journalism, Broadcasting and Radio. This course also gives you the skills
you need to go straight into employment if university isn’t for you.
IN DIGITAL MEDIA BTEC LEVEL 1
1 year / Code: 9273
CREATIVE DIGITAL MEDIA SKILLS LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 4283
Our Games Design students
have been getting stuck into
some exciting practical work
such as creating their own
games companies and developing
story-based games. This includes
a fascinating new project where
the students are creating
a virtual reality environment
based in Saltaire!
CREATIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 4000
GAMES DESIGN PRACTICE LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 4288
T LEVEL MEDIA, BROADCAST & PRODUCTION LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 4001
here the past 3
years has been
“I have been teaching for three years, currently teaching Media and Art
which means I can apply my previous Industry knowledge. Before this
I came from a career in the Creative Industries, having being a Web
Designer for 10 years and a Creative Director. Seeing inhibited, shy
teenagers grow to become mature organised confident adults
and having a hand in shaping this is what I enjoy most about teaching.”
offered to me
me to achieve
well above my
- Max, Creative Media
42. Karen, Creative Media tutor 43.
“I like Shipley College
because the tutors
teach English in a
ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES
1 year / Code: 9005
Our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses can help you acquire
new skills, develop existing knowledge and grow in confidence with our friendly
tutors who will work with you at your own pace.
This course will develop your spoken and
written English as well as maths. It will
help you improve your English language
skills so you can progress to a job or
onto a course of your choice.
Our tutors teach using a range of fun
tasks that relate to real-life situations
to help you improve your employability
skills or progress onto further study.
You will also have the chance to take
part in a taster session, so you can
explore other courses at Shipley College
and find subjects and levels that are
right for you.
You do not need any qualifications to
join the course, and we will complete
an assessment to find the right level
of English for you.
“By doing different
and games, the
class learns English
at the same time.
The students and
teachers are all lovely
- Mohammed, ESOL student
“I started my teaching career 5 years ago. I did my PGCE at Shipley
College and applied for a job in the ESOL department during my
course. What I enjoy most about teaching is seeing new students join
the class with little self-confidence and seeing them flourish into
capable English users, being independent and findings jobs. I’m very
lucky to be able to help them on their language journey.”
44. Will, ESOL tutor
Esports gaming is a fast-growing industry; this new qualification sits between the
realms of games and sports, teaching you multiple skills and disciplines at once. If
you have a keen interest in gaming, sports and computing, and love watching all of
your favourite streamers, this course could be for you!
Where our Esports courses could take you...
> Data Analyst
> Team Coach
> Video Production Editor
“It isn’t a ‘real’ course, all you do is sit and play games all day”
Esports isn’t just about playing games, you will be working on brand
design, marketing and coaching & nutrition for Esports performance.
You will develop transferable skills including communication, analytical
thinking and strategic planning.
“There are no jobs in Esports”
Esports is a fast growing sector with lots of different employment options,
you don’t just have to be the player! You could work as a team coach, social
media influencer, shoutcaster, video production editor or data analyst.
ESPORTS GAMING LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 4024
ESPORTS GAMING LEVEL 3
2 year / Code: 4025
the facilities are
more than enough
and it’s easy
Exciting times ahead for our Esports students as they start
taking part in the British Esports Student Champs, which
is a weekly event run by the British Esports Association.
Students are competing in Valorant and Rocket League
tournaments, which has led them to play against other
colleges in Scotland, Wales and Ireland! With a game every
week, students have the opportunity to work towards
a grand final, which was held in Nottingham in 2021.
A massive good luck to our teams this year!
“I am a long time gamer that has followed the Esports competitive
scene for over a decade now. My reflexes aren’t what they once were
- I am much better at talking about games than playing them these
days! The thing I enjoy most about teaching at Shipley College
is the students.”
is very accessible
and open to people
who are interested
in Esports and
like Art & Design
- Boris, Esports student
Clark Mitton, Esports tutor
Foundation Learning starts you on your journey towards independence, future
study or work, all while making new friends and building your confidence.
We will help you find out what you enjoy,
improve your maths, English & IT skills,
explore your options and succeed in
whatever your next step may be.
Before you start your course, you will
visit the College to make sure the study
programme is right for you. You will
receive lots of support to help you be
the best you can be.
By the end of your course, we want
you to be confident and feeling positive
about your future.
There are a range of exciting clubs
and activities to get involved with
during your time with us!
You could be involved in...
> Performing Arts
> Sport, including football
> Catering Events
> Book Club
> Social Action
> The Duke of
My main tutor Alyson is absolutely amazing. She
accommodates everyone’s needs. The course is really
fun - we do cooking, working in the Jonathan Silver
Building cafe. You make really good friends here
and the food is great!”
- Naomi, Next Steps student
FOUNDATION FOR CHOICE LEVEL 1
1 year / Code: 9002
GET INTO SPORT (ABILITY COUNTS ACADEMY)
ENTRY LEVEL 3 / LEVEL 1
1 year / Code: 9006
NEXT STEPS LEVEL 1
1 year / Code: 9059
PATHWAYS ENTRY LEVEL 3 / LEVEL 1
1 year / Code: 9003 and 9010
STEP UP ENTRY LEVEL 2 / LEVEL 1
1 year / Code: 9001 and 9004
“We get a warm
welcome from all
of our tutors. We
get to do lots of
activities and try
- Lillie & Atika, Foundation
Our Foundation Learning programmes have plenty of
opportunities to go on trips and take part in enrichment
and fundraising activities.
Recently, Foundation Learning students have been involved
in a fun workshop with Bradford poet Kirsty Taylor ahead
of her new show ‘Cashy C’s’ which is running in late-2022.
Following the workshop, students were excited to receive
an invitation to attend the sell-out show!
“I have been teaching at Shipley College for 20 years. I work in the
Foundation Learning Department and enjoy teaching students who
need that little bit more. Being face-to-face with students and
sharing the pleasure of them achieving is what I enjoy most about
teaching. I love my job!”
“You have fun with
- Evie, Foundation Learning
“It’s a very safe
- Matthew, Foundation
Alyson, Foundation Learning tutor
52. Learning student 53.
“I am enjoying my Supported Internship.
The College is local to me and the
tutors are nice which makes my lessons
fun. I have made lots of friends and I’m
looking forward to starting my work
– Matthew, Supported Internship student
1 year / Code: 9122
Our Supported Internships are a great opportunity to learn a job role
matched to your abilities and interests, in a real working environment.
“I am settling
in well on my
the tutors have
been truly helpful.
I chose the
help get into
- Alex, Supported
When in College, you will gain a wide
range of skills through pre-placement
experience and getting involved in social
action projects. You will learn how to job
search together with application and
interview skills, as well as how to be
effective in work.
In your placement/internship, we will
support you to work with an employer
- completing a placement as an intern
for several months, you will take part in
different tasks to gain experience. In
addition, you will also work on important
maths & English skills, including GCSEs,
At the end of the Supported Internship
Programme, you may be offered paid
employment or volunteer work. If you
need ongoing support, we work with a
number of agencies who can provide the
help you need.
If you think this programme is for you
or would like more information, please
contact us, come to an Open Event or
book an appointment to speak with our
“I worked in Adult Social Care for over 20 years, supporting adults with
learning disabilities. I qualified as a teacher through Shipley College 5
years ago. I support young people into work, bridging the gap between
education and employment. No two days are the same, the learners
inspire me every day and it is fantastic to see them grow into independent
54. Rachel, Supported Internships coordinator
Learn to care for others in a variety of settings including working with older
people, supporting those with mental health issues and those undergoing
rehabilitation. If you are caring and compassionate, our courses can equip
you with the skills you need for a rewarding career in the Healthcare sector.
Where our Health & Social Care courses could take you...
> Care Assistant
> Paediatric Nurse
> Support Worker
> Social Worker
> Occupational Therapist
> Drug and Alcohol Support
> Mental Health Worker
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE MYTH-BUSTING
“Health & Social Care courses are only for people who want
to work in a care home or as a nurse”
You aren’t limited with a career in Health & Social Care! There are hundreds
of job options available including community development worker,
counsellor, occupational therapist and social worker.
“The course doesn’t qualify you for anything else, it narrows prospects when
applying for university”
With a Health & Social Care qualification you can apply for different degrees
including Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Sciences, Radiography,
Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Social Work and many more.
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SOCIAL CARE
CACHE LEVEL 1
1 year / Code: 5026
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
NCFE CACHE LEVEL 2 EXTENDED DIPLOMA
1 year / Code: 5027
Our T Level Health students
have recently started
placements at Bradford
They will be gaining valuable
work experience in the Health
& Social Care industry which
will count towards the final
assessment in their course.
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
NCFE LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 5041
T LEVEL HEALTH LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 5042
ADULT CARE WORKER LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP
18 months / Code: 5802
Over the course
of their placement,
they will work on a number
of interesting wards and
maternity, surgical wards,
radiography and neurology!
and the course
opens a lot of
The campus is
beautiful and the
area holds a lot
“Previous to me joining the College, I worked in health and social
care for 16 years - I aspired to work as a teacher in a College as I felt
I could pass on my many experiences to students. I was inspired to
teach due to past experiences of meeting really great tutors when
in education myself. I enjoy meeting new students and seeing them
blossom when they are really engaged about a subject.”
- Asim, Health & Social
58. John, Health & Social Care tutor
“I chose to study BTEC Health and Social Care at Shipley
College because I knew it would open up many doors
for future endeavours. The course was very interesting
as it gave me options to choose between units such as
Psychology and Sociology.
Shipley College was my first choice as I really loved the vibe when
I came for one of the Open Events. The supportive and helpful
staff, and the small and friendly environment caught my eye. I
have truly enjoyed my last 3 years at Shipley College. I would 100%
recommend this course to those who are thinking of wanting a
career within the Healthcare sector as it has many different career
options for people to go into. It was the best 3 years of my life!
The great opportunities I had here, the things I got to do such as
standing for Students Union and Student Governor, and the time I
spent with my friends and making a strong bond with my tutors and
College staff was just the best thing. Thank you to Shipley College
for giving me this experience.”
– Fiza, Health & Social Care alumni
Horticulture is not just about growing plants! If you are a practical worker and
enjoy the outdoors, Horticulture, Gardening & Floristry could be the path for you.
Learn the practical skills and theory for the design, construction and maintenance
of outdoor spaces with this set of interesting courses.
Where our Horticulture, Gardening & Floristry courses could take you...
> Plant Scientist
> Soil Specialist
> Nursery Technician
> Forestry Worker
> Floral Designer
> Landscape Designer
> Social Media Content Creator
> Sports Turf Maintenance
“Horticulture is only for older people”
Horticulture is for everyone! Diversity is increasing as more women and
people from ethnic backgrounds and ages take up key positions within the
“Horticulture jobs are low skilled”
While there are options for people of all abilities, there is a huge skill set
required to work in Horticulture. Many gardeners will need skills in botany,
plant pathology, project management, construction, machine maintenance
HORTICULTURE LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 7006
HORTICULTURE LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 7010
T LEVEL FLORISTRY LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 7050
“I really enjoy the
I can get outside
and work with the
T LEVEL ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE
AND LANDSCAPING LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 7007
COUNTRYSIDE WORKER LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP
15 months / Code: 7130
GOLF GREENKEEPER LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP
2 years / Code: 7120
Our Horticulture students have been working with Bradford
Council to help take Roberts Park in Saltaire back to its
original design from the 1870’s!
Students took part in planting a row of cherry blossom
trees along the lower path to towards the cafe. It was a great
experience for them, and as the trees are growing we can
track the progress and see more of how the park used to
look over 150 years ago.
HORTICULTURE OPERATIVE LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP
2 years / Code: 7120
SPORTS TURF OPERATIVE LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP
21 months / Code: 7120
“I believe that anyone can be a gardener or designer of gardens. Now
more than ever, we need to understand how to be more sustainable
with what we grow for ourselves and in the wider environment. At
Shipley College we celebrate diversity, empathy and knowledge.
What I enjoy most about teaching is helping people believe in
themselves and their individual abilities.”
environment is a
thing to do. I chose
to come to Shipley
because it’s a
College, I really like
the campus, I feel
safe and there’s a
lot of space.”
- Joe, Horticulture apprentice
64. Carol, Horticulture tutor 65.
Take your passion for music and make it your career with our Music Technology
courses. If you play an instrument, sing or are interested in music production,
events, gigs and pop culture, these courses could be for you! With the launch
of our new Salt School of Music, there’s never been a better time to join us.
Where our Music Technology courses could take you...
> Sound Engineer
> Stage Manager
> Stage Crew
> Audio Visual Technician
> Events Promoter
> Music Therapist
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY MYTH-BUSTING
“You have to be a musician to do a music tech course”
You don’t have to be a musician to work in the music industry! Many of the
best in the industry don’t play an instrument or sing. During this course you
will study areas such as production, sequencing, composition, sound for
film, live sound techniques and event management.
“The Music industry is male dominated”
There is an increasing number of women getting into the music
industry. The diversity of jobs means there are roles for everyone
and our course will teach you the different skills needed for a successful
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY - PERFORMANCE
& PRODUCTION LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 4283
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY - PERFORMANCE
& PRODUCTION LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 4383
“I love the
of the course.
has a great live
Music Tech students have the chance to perform at the
iconic Caroline Street Social Club in Saltaire each year,
as part of their end of year show.
Arranging everything from writing their own music,
deciding on set-lists, setting up equipment, sound checks
and performing in front of family and friends - it is a brilliant
way for students to gain hands-on experience of working
a live music event.
“I have over 16 years experience of teaching, specialising in
areas such as performance, live sound techniques and events
management. I was inspired to teach to help people develop new
skills and knowledge so they can succeed in their chosen path. I enjoy
working with a variety of people who share a passion for music.”
“We get to use
Social Club for
the department has
all the equipment
we could need.”
- Ashton, Music Technology -
Performance & Production
Mark, Music Technology tutor
Continue your love of sport through a mix of classroom and practical learning;
take advantage of links to employers and work towards an exciting and active
career. If you have an interest in fitness, well-being, nutrition, have a competitive
spirit and you’re great at teamwork, our Sport courses could be for you!
Where our Sport & Physical Activity courses could take you...
> Personal Trainer
> Fitness Instructor
> Gym Manager
> Sports Therapy
> PE Teacher
> Sports Coaching
> Primary Teaching
> Police Force
> Fire Service
SPORTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MYTH-BUSTING
“There are no jobs in Sport”
Alongside being an athlete or playing in a team, the industry is also full of
opportunities in areas including sports marketing, PR, sales, sports media,
research and education. The possibilities are endless!
“It’s not a ‘real’ course, all you do is play sports, you don’t learn anything useful”
During the course, theory lessons will develop your understanding of what
underpins an effective coaching session and the importance of exercise,
while practical lessons will allow you to develop your technical and tactical
ability in a range of sports. Some of the modules you will study include
coaching, team sports, and the principles of anatomy & physiology.
SPORT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 4011
SPORT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA
2 years / Code: 4028
“The course is great
because of the tutors.
They are all really
friendly and you feel
like you can get along
with them easily.”
SPORT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 4029 “There are so many people you can
relate to on your course so it’s very
easy to make friends. The facilities
are great and they are all easy
- Ryan, Sport & Physical Activity student
Recently, sports students
had the opportunity to meet
with Sam, the race director
of Saltaire Park Run, giving
students a talk about the
health & safety issues she
had to overcome to be able
to run her event.
“I have been a tutor at Shipley for 12 years with my passion being in
both sport and fitness, so the fact that I get to help our students find
Students have signed up to
their way and understand new activities inspires me to improve and
volunteer at Park Run which
turn up every day. I look to challenge our learners comfort zone in a
will help them gain valuable
safe and supportive space, watching them rise to the challenge is
experience in sports whilst
looking great on their CV’s
and university applications!
72. Mike, Sport and Fitness tutor 73.
Travel as we know it will change dramatically over the next 20 years. Now is the
chance to join this exciting industry, whether you aspire to stay local or take
your career international. Learn from our expert tutors who have over 30 years
industry experience and practice your skills in our mock aircraft cabin!
Where our Travel & Tourism courses could take you...
> Cabin Crew
> Events Management
> Hotel Management
> Travel Agent
> Travel Journalist
> Holiday Representative
> Airport Operations
> Travel Marketing
> Cruise Ship Steward
TRAVEL & TOURISM MYTH-BUSTING
“Travel & tourism is only good if you want to work as cabin crew”
Other opportunities to work in the tourism industry include social media
marketing, smart technologies & sustainability. Travel & Tourism jobs are
more varied than you think!
“There’s no future in the travel industry”
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation estimates that by 2030
there will be 1.8 billion worldwide tourists a year! All of these tourists will
use services that need staffing which means Travel & Tourism jobs
will be a vital part of the economy.
TRAVEL & TOURISM LEVEL 2
1 year / Code: 4026
TRAVEL & TOURISM LEVEL 3
2 years / Code: 4032
“The people at
are amazing. I made
friends for life and
still keep in touch
Our Travel & Tourism students love taking a day trip - it’s in
their nature! Recent visits have included being hosted by
The Great Victoria Hotel in Bradford, who took students on
a tour of the hotel and gave them the opportunity to be part
of a question and answer session with the General Manager,
Sales Manager and Wedding Coordinator.
Linking classroom learning with visits and talks with industry
professionals is an important part of being a student
at Shipley College!
“My inspiration to teach is being able to share my passion and
knowledge with like-minded individuals. Since I left school I have
followed my dreams and studied Travel and Tourism. I then went on
to have a successful career within airline and tour operations. I would
never have got to where I did in my career without my college studies.
I love being able to share my story, passion and experience to develop
the next generation of travel and tourism professionals.”
“I had amazing
teachers who were
like second parents
to me. The tutors
taught me many
Travel & Tourism, like
how to save, write
a good personal
statement, what jobs
to look for and other
life skills too.”
- Shannon, Travel & Tourism alumni
76. Andy, Travel & Tourism tutor
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for? Submitting an application is simple!
Contact them to discuss any questions you may have
- from applying for a course to advice about money.
They are here to support you.
Follow the steps below to find out how to apply,
and what will happen next. If you are still unsure
about which course is right for you, or require any
help with your application, our friendly Student
Services team are on-hand to help.
Contact Student Services:
01274 327 281
> Apply online - you can register
your details and track the
progress of your application
> Call or email Student Services
> Come to an Open Event and
apply on the day
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you will be invited to attend an
interview with a tutor from your
selected subject/course area.
Our interviews are informal and
friendly, giving you information
about courses and College life.
The tutor will discuss the right level
of course for you and any learning
support needs you may have.
If you need additional support at
the interview, just let us know.
In nearly all cases, we will make
you a conditional offer at the end
of your interview. This means your
place at Shipley College is based
on you achieving the grades or
qualifications required for your
You will receive an invitation to
come into College and enrol during
August. You will need to provide
proof of your grades to enrol on
your course. Don’t worry if you
didn’t get the grades you expected
- you can talk to us about other
At enrolment, you will receive your
timetable and ID badge.
After that, you are all set to start
your adventure at Shipley College!
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