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Vocational Courses


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SUBJECTS

  • ART & DESIGN

  • ART & DESIGN

    If you’d like to turn your creative talents into a successful career, studying Art and Design at Stratford-upon-Avon College, with its purpose-built facilities and specialist studios, is the perfect answer.

     

    Looking to the future, our university level art and design programmes will enable you to further develop your skills and creativity and fulfil your potential as a recognised artist.
  • BUSINESS

  • BUSINESS

    If you’re looking for a demanding but immensely satisfying future, you’re sure to find it in a career in business. Gain the knowledge and confidence to succeed in the exciting, ever-changing world of business on one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Business apprenticeships.

    You will benefit from the wisdom of highly experienced business managers and gain a real understanding of current business practices.
  • COMPUTING & EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

  • COMPUTING & EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

    If you’d like to turn your fascination with all things computer-related into a well-paid career, Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Computing & IT programmes are the stepping stone to successful employment in a range of computer industry fields, from computer programming and web architecture to the dream job of game design.

    Led by computer experts and offering access to the most up-to-date software, our courses will teach you the skills you require, and you will also gain valuable real work experience through placements with local businesses and Warwickshire-based national firms.
  • EARLY YEARS & CHILDHOOD STUDIES

  • EARLY YEARS & CHILDHOOD STUDIES

    If you’re aiming for a richly rewarding career in childcare, look no further than Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Early Years & Childhood Studies programmes.

    These courses include placements in schools and nurseries, giving you valuable experience to prepare you for employment in whichever aspect of the Early Years industry you wish to enter.
  • ENGINEERING

  • ENGINEERING

    If you’re technically minded, a future as an engineer would suit you perfectly.

     

    You will be taught in Stratford-upon-Avon College’s purpose-built workshops by engineers with a wealth of experience in their various specialisms, who will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed for a successful career in whatever field of engineering you choose.
  • EVENT PLANNING

  • EVENT PLANNING

    Are you excited by the thought of organising a beautiful wedding?

    If you wonder what goes into organising events such as weddings, conferences and exhibitions, then our Event Management courses will appeal to you.

    Taught by experts in the field you will develop your skills by covering a variety of topics including: operational event planning, health and safety at events sites, event evaluation, and more. Our courses will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the event industry or go on to study at university.
  • FASHION & TEXTILES

  • FASHION & TEXTILES

    Are you interested in a career in fashion, textiles or costume?

    Do you want to study in a stimulating creative arts environment with a variety of professionals and practitioners working in the industry? If so, a course in fashion will appeal to you.

     

    Study will combine both practical and theoretical subjects which will enable you to develop your understanding of design practices and techniques, business methods employed in the creative sector and your practical production skills. This course is suited to anyone seeking to study fashion or textiles at a specialist school and/or university, or for those looking to work in the industry.
  • FOUNDATION LEARNING

  • FOUNDATION LEARNING

    Foundation Learning is the name given to education at Entry Level and Level 1. It provides opportunities for students with learning difficulties; few or no qualifications and helps learners who may have become disaffected to re-engage with education to gain valuable skills that are the foundation of a successful future.

     

    All of our Entry and Level 1 programmes include:
    Practical hands on vocational study, developing knowledge, skills and understanding
    Functional Skills English and Maths
    The development of personal and social learning skills
    Work related activities and opportunities.
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • GRAPHIC DESIGN

    Graphic Design has been revolutionised by the digital age. In the past designers would often specialise in one particular area of design. However, with the positive shift and wealth of technology, designers now have the freedom to diversify and creatively experiment.

    Our courses have been designed to give you an in-depth overview of the industry; we aim to develop visual awareness, and attributes and understanding essential for employment in the Creative Arts or progression to higher education.
  • HAIR & MEDIA MAKE UP

  • HAIR & MEDIA MAKE UP

    Do you want a future in the professional makeup industry? Make-up artists are an essential part to any TV, Film, Theatre or Fashion production, start your journey backstage with us.

    Whilst on one of our courses you will study a range of specialist make-up techniques for fashion, film and theatre which will include makeup for TV, special effects makeup and theatrical makeup for stage such as fantasy creatures and historical looks.
  • HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

  • HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

    If you’re aiming for a richly rewarding career in the care industry, look no further than Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Health & Social Care programmes.

    Ranging from Level 1 to Level 3, these courses include placements in nursing homes, day centres, schools and nurseries, giving you valuable experience to prepare you for employment in whichever aspect of the care industry you wish to enter, such as nursing, social care or social work.

     

  • HOSPITALITY & CATERING

  • HOSPITALITY & CATERING

    If you’re looking for a job that’s fun, sociable and varied, choose Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Hospitality & Catering for your ‘main course’.

    These courses will give you the knowledge and skills to progress to the next stage of your career. Students have then the option of taking on an apprenticeship; we pride ourselves on the close relationships we have built with employers in the hospitality and catering industry throughout Warwickshire and the West Midlands who are committed to an apprenticeship scheme.

     

  • MEDIA

  • MEDIA

    Here at Stratford-upon-Avon College we are proud of our purpose-built TV studio with its state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. By immersing students in a creative environment, we offer an exceptional learning experience.

    With the opportunity to take part in a variety of exciting projects, including live studio filming and covering both drama and documentary-making, our Creative Media programmes will give you the experience and confidence for a successful career in the industry. And if you’re aiming to continue with your studies at Higher Education-level, you can stay with us and join our HND Creative Media Production course.

     

  • MOTOR VEHICLE

  • MOTOR VEHICLE

    If you’re technically minded, a future as a motor mechanic would suit you perfectly.

     

    By taking one of our Motor Vehicle courses here at Stratford-upon Avon College you will be taught in our purpose-built workshops by engineers with a wealth of experience in their various specialisms, who will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed for a successful career in motor mechanics.

     

  • Music

  • Music

    Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Music programmes offer the optimal balance of practical performance and theory.

    Our courses cover instrumental/vocal technique and performance skills, as well as music theory, music technology and the music industry, with students benefiting from dedicated rehearsal rooms and state-of-the-art recording studios.
  • PERFORMING ARTS

  • PERFORMING ARTS

    Covering all aspects of theatre, from rehearsals and final performance to backstage set up, Performing Arts courses at Stratford-upon-Avon College offer students specialist training to help them develop the techniques needed to succeed in the industry.

     

    Across the department, students develop vocal, acting, dance and technical skills and techniques through a range of workshops, auditions and live performances each year. Our campus contains three performance spaces including two industry-standard theatres, enabling students to practice and showcase their work in a professional environment.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    Do you want a career as a creative professional?

    Our Photography courses provide you with the skill, knowledge and visual understanding to succeed in this exciting and challenging industry. These programmes give you the opportunity to develop a wide range of technical skills in Adobe Photoshop, film-based photography, digital photography, documentary, portraiture, studio, still life, darkroom, location lighting and fashion photography and more.
  • PUBLIC SERVICES

  • PUBLIC SERVICES

    Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses offer the best possible preparation for a career in the public services sector.

    Whether you’re interested in joining the police, the fire service or the armed forces, our Public Service programmes will give you the necessary training. The practical element of these courses includes valuable role-playing sessions, and you will also study law and criminology theories and benefit from visits by active public service personnel.
  • SPORT

  • SPORT

    Our Sport courses open the door to a wide variety of careers, from fitness instructor or PE teacher to sports therapist, or even professional sports person.

    You will gain practical experience in our superb on-campus facilities, which include a fully-equipped gym, indoor sports hall and a sports therapy clinic, while our links with sports centres in Stratford and the wider Warwickshire area will enable you to take part in work placements.
  • TRAVEL & TOURISM

  • TRAVEL & TOURISM

    Whether you see yourself as a holiday rep or a travel agent, or simply can’t get enough of foreign travel, Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Travel & Tourism courses would make your ideal destination.

    You will gain not only knowledge of foreign resorts and about working abroad, but also gain invaluable transferable skills, for example in selling techniques and customer service. The courses include a work placement and the opportunity to take part in a study visit abroad – our students, working alongside local employees, have in the past been involved in welcome meetings for holidaymakers in locations as diverse as Prague, Spain and Eurocamp in Holland.