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South Staffordshire College HE musical theatre student is set to hit the big time!

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 12:07

South Staffordshire College Musical Theatre department are celebrating their most successful performance Season ever – and they’ve not yet reached the final curtain call! Having recently performed in yet another show-stopping performance, ‘Hot Mikado’, the hilarious hit jazz / swing adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta, which was staged at the Lichfield Garrick in May and has received much critical acclaim, one of their Foundation Degree Students, Jamie Jones, looks set to see his name in lights. Jamie (Pictured centre below), who gave a stellar performance as ‘Ko-Ko’ was ’spotted’ by talent scouts and has been cast in a professional pantomime. His tutor, and producer of ‘Hot Mikado’ Laurie Asher says “We’re absolutely thrilled for Jamie. He’s such a talented young performer and watching him progress during his time with us has been an absolute pleasure. This latest achievement goes to show that hard work and dedication really pays off. Playing a part in a professional production is a fantastic credit for his theatrical CV.” If Jamie’s success isn’t enough, the entire cast of ‘Hot Mikado’ are also celebrating the fantastic reviews that their first ever degree production has received. Positive feedback has been flooding in via social media and via industry publications such as Love Midlands Theatre, who said “Hot Mikado served talent in abundance”.  In total four South Staffordshire College students have now been cast! Daniel Roberts, James Rowney and Alfie Kentesber were all successful at open auditions. The audience were clearly equally as impressed, with comments including “Really enjoyed the show last night. You guys really nailed it. Looking forward to seeing your next show”, and “I thought the show was excellent. I felt very entertained, had a lot of laughs and came away feeling very happy. Great show (hadn’t seen Hot Mikado before) – fab music – and you guys really rocked it with energy and a lot of camaraderie on stage. Very good voices and a nice mix of personalities.” Asked how he plans to ‘top this’ with the next, and final FE production of the year, ‘Merrily We Roll Along’, which will be staged at the Lichfield Garrick on 23rd and 24th June, Laurie Asher says “We’re delighted with the feedback from Hot Mikado and will continue to work hard to make sure that all of our performances are so well received! We’ve had some fantastic reviews for all of our performances this year and are the only FE College to have received a 5 star review by industry publication Remotegoat. All of the staff and students involved in bringing these productions to life work tirelessly to make each and every show a roaring success and we look forward to bringing our next production ‘Merrily we roll along’ to the stage.” To see why South Staffordshire College Performing Arts Department have been critically acclaimed, why not book to see ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ which runs at The Lichfield Garrick Theatre on 23rd and 24th June. Tickets can be booked in person at The Garrick Box Office or over the phone on 01543 412121. Alternatively, you can book online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com If you dream of treading the boards on the West End or want to be a star of the big screen, you can find out about the exciting range of Performing Arts courses at South Staffordshire College by visiting: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/performing-arts Applications are still being accepted for this September and you can ‘sign up’ online in just 25 seconds!

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Motor Vehicle Celebration event rewards hard working students

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 13:50

Motor Vehicle students from South Staffordshire College were commended at a celebration event this week, at the College’s state-of-the-art Cannock Green Campus. Welcomed by Head of Campus, Rebecca Gater with endorsement of the Motor Vehicle tutors and support team, this is the first time such a celebration has been organised. With attendance and achievement both recognised, there were awards for the most improved learners and with a nod to the fun environment, there was even a ‘dad’s jumper’ award. Students sign the South Staffordshire College display bonnet. As a keepsake, students from all levels signed a car bonnet that is to be displayed on the wall at the Cannock Motor Vehicle department. Ross Keeling, Department Coordinator & Automotive Lecturer commented “Each year, we think the Motor Vehicle students can’t do any better than the commitment that the previous year showed and then they do. They continue to wow us, showing brilliant dedication and passion. They make it very difficult to choose an outstanding learner as they genuinely all are. The team would all like to wish each and every one of the students every success, in their chosen trade.” Each Tutor nominated an Outstanding Learner, winning them a complete socket set. With a prize draw for a deluxe toolbox set for one lucky winner – Kyle Yates, studying Entry 3 Motor Vehicle. L-R Amy Walker – Motorsport and Motor Vehicle Co-ordinator and Lecturer, Kyle Yates – Entry 3 Motor Vehicle Like the idea of working with cars, and other vehicles? South Staffordshire College offer a range of courses in Motor Vehicle, Motorsport and many more. Applications are accepted all year round and you can ‘sign-up’ online in just 25 seconds. Visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/motor-vehicle or call 01785 710529 to find out more or request a copy of our course guide. Keep up to date with the latest news from South Staffordshire College via social media. Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege Twitter: @southstaffs

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South Staffordshire College – Nothing compares to meeting our Meerkats!

Mon, 22/06/2015 - 10:42

Staff at the South Staffordshire College Animal Zone are all set for the launch of the new, ‘Meet the Meerkat’ Experience which is due to launch on 4th July 2015. The Experience, which will be open to the general public at weekends and during school holidays, provides visitors with the chance to get up close to the meerkats during a 20 minute hands-on experience. Participants will be able to enter into the animal’s new indoor enclosure, which is designed to mimic their natural habitat, to hand feed and interact with them. They’ll also learn a range of fascinating facts about the meerkats as they meet the keeper.   Animal Zone Manager John Buchan says “We’re thrilled to be able to announce yet another exciting new development at the Rodbaston Animal Zone and can’t wait to introduce our visitors to the meerkats. Increasingly popular over recent years, we see this as a great opportunity for the public and our students to gain a valuable insight into the lives of these animals, while also having some fun. It’s going to be a great activity that all the family will be able to enjoy!” Following their ‘Meet the Meerkat’ experience, visitors will also have access to the entire Animal Zone which is home to over 750 animals from rabbits to monkeys, alpacas to creepy crawlies! Tickets, which cost just £30 per person and 2 tickets for £50 for the Meerkat Experience are now available and can be pre-booked by emailing john.buchan@southstaffs.ac.uk The Animal Zone is also home to a brand new Reptile House, which slithered into action on 18th April. Housing one of the largest collections of reptiles in an animal welfare college in the UK. The college is now the only one in the UK to home Caiman Lizards and also boasts an exciting range of Geckos, Snakes and Skinks. As of Summer 2015, visitors will also be able to enjoy a visit to the new Owl Breeding and Education Centre, which is launching as part of a partnership between South Staffordshire College and the World Owl Trust. Open from 10am-4pm at weekends and during school holidays, The Animal Zone provides a great day out for all the family and also has picnic and play areas, plus an indoor tea room and shop. Tickets are excellent value for money at just £16 for a family of 4 (excluding the Meerkat Experience). Individual tickets are priced at just £5.20 per adult and £4.20 per child, with under 3s going free. For even more value, the Animal Zone is currently offering a 50% discount on family tickets and 2 adult tickets for just £5 via Groupon. This offer will be valid throughout the summer months. To find out more about the Animal Zone visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/animal-zone/ call 01785 710 560 or follow them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RodbastonAnimalZone

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South Staffordshire College Horticulture student wins award at BBC Gardeners World Live

Wed, 17/06/2015 - 16:42

A South Staffordshire College Horticulture Student is celebrating winning an award at BBC Gardeners World Live, which took place at the NEC in Birmingham from 11th-14th June. Having earned the opportunity to display her creative concept at the show following a successful submission of design ideas for an inspiring border that reflected the theme of ‘Industrial Heritage of the West Midlands,’ Amy Harper, a second year, Level 3 learner is the proud winner of the ‘Beautiful Borders’ category. Her winning display ‘Foundry Border’, was a smouldering design, created for plant lovers and industrial enthusiasts alike. Inspired by the melting pot that was once Birmingham’s brass industry during the industrial revolution, Amy’s border was ablaze with fiery hues and architectural planting. Soft grasses and feathery foliage planted amongst the ‘factory skyline’ gave an impressive interpretation of hazy fumes within a brass foundry. Amy’s achievement is the latest in a stream of successes. Just last year, she was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Commendation for an exhibition for which she was responsible last year at Tatton Park Flower Show. Sarah Davies, Head Gardener at South Staffordshire College says: “The staff and students at South Staffordshire College were absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit at BBC Gardener’s World. It was the perfect chance for them to showcase their work at one of the most prestigious events in the horticultural calendar. All of our students worked extremely hard in delivering a breathtaking exhibit and we’re thrilled for Amy, having earned a much deserved award for her design.” Would you like to follow in Amy’s footsteps? South Staffordshire College are one of the only education providers in the area to offer a fantastic range of courses, traineeships and apprenticeships in Horticulture, plus a host of other land based subjects including agriculture, equine and animal care. With their stunning 180 hectare rural estate in Rodbaston and some of the best training facilities in the region including a working farm, zoo and equestrian centre, they are uniquely placed to offer an exceptional range of qualifications and training to the next generation of land based entrepreneurs. Applications are still being accepted for this September and you can sign up online in just 25 seconds at www.southstaffs.ac.uk Stay up to date with the latest news from South Staffordshire College via social media Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege Twitter: @southstaffs

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SSC Performing arts students are preparing a showstopping grand finale

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 10:14

L3 Performing Arts Students at South Staffordshire College are hard at work putting the finishing touches to their final performance of the season ‘Merrily We Roll Along’, which will be staged at the Lichfield Garrick on 23rd and 24th June. As the only FE College to have received 5 star reviews for their previous productions by industry publication ‘Remotegoat’, the show promises to be yet another showstopper and a fantastic way to close their performance season. A smash hit Sondheim musical comedy, ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ turns the traditional showbiz musical on its head and is a thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success. It traces the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through key milestones in their personal and professional lives. The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered. Producer Laurie Asher says “We’ve had a fantastic year and are delighted that all of our productions have been so well received. To have such positive feedback is a real boost to the confidence our our budding performers and is testament to all of their hard work and dedication over the past academic year. We’re really excited about ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ – it’s a show not to be missed!” To see the critically acclaimed South Staffordshire College Performing Arts Department perform ‘Merrily We Roll along’, at the Lichfield Garrick on 23rd and 24th June, book your tickets now. Tickets cost £12 and can be booked in person at The Garrick Box Office or over the phone on 01543 412121. Alternatively, you can book online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com If you dream of treading the boards on the West End or want to be a star of the big screen, you can find out about the exciting range of Performing Arts courses at South Staffordshire College by visiting: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/performing-arts/ Applications are still being accepted for this September and you can ‘sign up’ online in just 25 seconds! Keep up to date with the latest news from South Staffordshire College via social media Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege Twitter: @southstaffs  

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Bricklaying Apprentices celebrate success at the SkillBuild Competition

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 09:54

Bricklaying apprentices from South Staffordshire College are celebrating their success at the recent regional SkillBuild competition which was held in Birmingham on 2nd June. Run by CITB, with the endorsement of World-Skills, SkillBuild is the largest Construction multi-trade competition in the UK and has been running for over 45 years. Each year, the competition sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen trade.  Building on previous successes, South Staffordshire College entrants, Oliver Ingram, Aaron Jennings, Jamie Lyons and James Robinson have once again demonstrated an excellent quality of workmanship and have achieved impressive results. James Robinson (pictured below), achieved an impressive 3rd place in the Senior competition and has qualified for the National competition which will be held in Leeds on 17th June. James’ success follows on from his achievement just last month, where he was awarded 2nd place at the Guild of Bricklayers competition. Reaching the National finals will give him the opportunity to showcase his skills and compete against some of the best young bricklayers in the country. Speaking on behalf of the College, Doug Benson, Construction Assessor at south Staffordshire College says “We’re delighted with the performance that all of our students put in at the SkillBuild competition and the results are testament to the hard work and commitment that both they and their tutors have shown. The students thoroughly enjoyed the competition and competing at this level really helps them to develop their skills and inspires them to be the best in the business.” Like the idea of earning a wage whilst gaining a qualification? With an apprenticeship, you’ve got the best of both worlds. Not only will you gain recognised qualifications and the skills that employers crave, you’ll also get real-world experience in the industry you love and earn a salary! South Staffordshire College offer a range of Apprenticeships in Construction, Plumbing, Bricklaying, Carpentry and many more. Applications are accepted all year round and you can ‘sign-up’ online in just 25 seconds. Visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/students/apprenticeships/ or call 01785 710529 to find out more or request a copy of our apprenticeships guide. Keep up to date with the latest news from South Staffordshire College via social media. Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege Twitter: @southstaffs  

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South Staffordshire College celebrate the opening of their new facility – Futures@SSC

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 11:26

South Staffordshire College is poised to open the doors to a brand new, £1.4 million, state-of-the-art facility, Futures@SSC. Futures@SSC, which will enable up to 50 young people aged 16-25 with complex learning needs to access specialist education and training within Staffordshire, will be formally opened on the 18th June 2015 by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE., CStJ. Located at the college’s beautiful, rural 180 hectare Rodbaston Campus, the purpose built development is the latest addition to the college’s fantastic learner offer and is fully equipped to help every learner realise their full potential in a safe and secure learning environment. The exceptional facilities include a sensory space, independent skills suite, preparation for work area and giant interactive tablet computer. Futures@SSC learners will benefit from individualised study programmes, that are tailored to their specific needs. They will develop their skills through personalised employability and independence programmes which can include speech and language therapy and mobility. Learners will also develop their personal and social development skills through a range of vocational opportunities including Animal Care, Business Administration, Sport and many more. The centre has been designed to cater for learners with a range of needs and disabilities from Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Down’s Syndrome to William’s Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and Sensory impairments. The development is a key milestone in the College’s history and will help make education more accessible to young people across the region. Expert staff with extensive knowledge and experience will guide the learners on their journey and prepare them for adulthood whilst working closely with parents and guardians. Futures@SSC coordinate an in depth transition period to ensure a smooth start to their learners’ experience. South Staffordshire College Principal, Graham Morley, says “The College is delighted to formally open the Futures@SSC facility at the heart of our Rodbaston Campus. It is the first time that this type of provision has ever been available in Staffordshire and we would like to thank Staffordshire County Council and the Education Funding Agency for their assistance with this project. This facility will allow us to offer learning programmes designed around individual needs located in a purpose built environment enabling learners to take advantage of all the opportunities available at the College.” To find out more about Futures@SSC, visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/about-us/futuresatssc/ Keep up to date with the latest news from South Staffordshire College via Social Media Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege Twitter: @southstaffs

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SSC students take centre stage in a public Art exhibition, in Tamworth town centre

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 10:34

Students in their second year of South Staffordshire College’s Extended Diploma in Art and Design have launched a new exhibition to showcase their work in Tamworth town centre’s Ankerside Shopping Centre. Part of ‘I am Visual Art’ – one of many elements of the ambitious I Am Tamworth project, the work displayed contributes to a 12-month celebration of the arts organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team. Designed to inspire, excite and encourage people from across the borough to become involved in the arts, the exhibition, which is open to the public, has seen empty shops and spaces turned into pop-up galleries in a bid to provide a platform for hidden local talent and breathe new life into the town centre. South Staffordshire College Art and Design Lecturer Andy Nash, who has curated the collection and is responsible for bringing the project to life, says “This major public exhibition, recognises the importance and demand for high quality, professionally exhibited, art work being displayed in the public domain. It provides our artists with a fantastic opportunity to engage and network directly with passers by, shoppers and visitors to the town centre. The students have worked extremely hard on the exhibit and I’m sure you’ll agree they have produced some outstanding results. We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to this fantastic community initiative.” With support from a host of national and local arts organisations, including Art Council England and BBC Arts (Get creative), plus the local Council and press, the exhibition is, quite literally, set to be the talk of the town. Entitled ‘Tamworth: The People and The Place, the exhibition, which opened on 30th May, will run until 12th June and is the first of 3 exhibitions this year. To visit the exhibition for yourself and show your support for these budding young artists, simply visit Ankerside Shopping Centre between now and 12th June. Interested in a career in the Creative Arts? South Staffordshire College offer an exciting range of art and design courses for both full and part time learners and are still accepting applications for this September. You can even sign up online in just 25 seconds. To find out more, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/art-design/ Keep up to date with the latest news from South Staffordshire College via social media. Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege Twitter: @southstaffs

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SSC Animal Science students inspired to save the Rhino, after South African Study Tour

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 12:24

Students in their second year of South Staffordshire College’s Foundation Degree in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour, have been inspired to support the conservation of the wild rhino following a recent study tour in South Africa. The students, who enjoyed an unforgettable 10 day tour, plan to contribute to existing efforts being made by the Mankwe Animal Reserve In South Africa and non-profit organisation Rhino Saving the Survivors, by raising awareness and funds for the anti-poaching equipment and effort, through a series of campaign activities back home at the College’s Rodbaston Campus. With a schedule of activities that is testament to their commitment to the cause, this will include creating a rhino conservation and awareness project situated on the Rodbaston Animal Zone visitor attraction. Speaking upon their return, three students, Abbie Mackintosh, Ruth Howson and George Wood, who are the driving force behind the project said “During our tour, our eyes were opened by the people we met. We experienced the extreme high of seeing the real and wild Africa but also felt an extreme, soul crushing low. We were faced with stories and images we’d never seen before. Prior to visiting, we all knew the rhino were in trouble, but we never realised quite how close to disaster things really are. The people we spoke to and others like them put their lives on the line every day to conserve and protect their cherished animals. Despite threats to their safety, long gruelling hours and worrying, sleepless nights, they never give up hope that one day the bounties will be removed from above the innocent rhino’s heads. We promised that we would do whatever we could to help, not only the rhino we had been lucky enough to see, but each one still living under threat of this barbaric trade.” Widely regarded as some of the most recognisable and charismatic creatures on the planet, the Rhino, are suffering and face very real risk of extinction. Their horn, which is wrongly believed to have medicinal properties, despite being an iconic symbol of the rhino is now the greatest threat to their survival. Information shared with the Animal Science students during their tour suggests that the statistics are indeed alarming. In 2014 alone over 1200 Rhino poachings were fatal, more than ever before and indications suggest that in 2015 this record is likely be broken again. Andy Wootton, course leader for the Foundation Degree in Animal Science at South Staffordshire College says “It’s a fantastic thing that the students are doing and it’s great to know that a study tour like this can not only enhance their learning experience but also have such a profound impact on them as people and animal scientists. Naturally, we’re delighted to offer our support to the students in their fundraising efforts and wish them every success with their campaign.” If you would like to make a contribution to the student’s appeal, please visit their fundraising page http://www.gofundme.com/uy3ep4 Set on a stunning 180 hectare rural estate in Staffordshire, South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus is home to an ever growing range of Land-Based and Animal Management courses and Apprenticeships. As of September 2015, the College will be launching a new BSc (Hons) in Animal Science and Animal Behaviour, which, along with the existing Foundation Degree, will be run in partnership with Staffordshire University. Students on these courses enjoy some of the best learning facilities in the Country and with an on-site animal collection that consists of hundreds of species of animals, the opportunity to learn hands-on animal care skills are second to none. Rodbaston Campus is also home to a working farm and equestrian centre, both of which cater for learners who want to pursue careers in the Agriculture or Equestrian industries. Applications for courses are still being accepted for this September and those interested can sign up online in just 25 seconds. To find out more visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk Keep up to date with the latest news from South Staffordshire College via social media. Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege Twitter: @southstaffs

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South Staffordshire College make the virtual world a reality with launch of a new app

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 10:51

The technical wizards at South Staffordshire College have recently completed work on an exciting new Virtual Reality app which is available for free download now on both Google Play and Apple’s app store! The app, Virtual Reality Clay Pigeon Shoot, which is the brainchild of Senior Web Design Engineer Neil King, has been created for use with the new Google cardboard headsets and provides a glimpse into the future of virtual reality gaming. Playing requires no buttons or screen touching at all, but rather, is controlled through simple head movements! Commercially available virtual reality equipment became available in the early 1990′s from companies like Virtuality but was extremely expensive. Back then the hardware was slow and the lag between the user moving and the display updating, added to the cumbersome headgear required and the enormous price tag meant that it’s gimmicky popularity soon wore off. Recently there has been a resurgence in virtual reality as hardware and software has evolved in leaps and bounds. With the upcoming launch of Sony’s Project Morpheus, the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and Microsoft’s HoloLens amongst others, virtual reality is becoming hugely popular again. The most cost effective virtual reality solution available to everybody right now is Google Cardboard. It requires nothing more than your existing smartphone and a cardboard frame with a couple of cheap lenses inside. Google have released the design as open source so you can make your own or buy one online for less than £5. Not only is the hardware cheap for consumers but developing applications which support it is low cost and the results can be amazing. When asked about the project, Neil, who is also responsible for the launch of numerous other successful apps on the Google Play store, including the recent ‘dinky racing’ says “As well as being a bit of fun, I’m hoping that this new app will open aspiring young developer’s eyes to the exciting opportunities for virtual reality in the IT industry. Imagine being able to look around a full 360 degree real world location across the other side of the globe, on another planet or somewhere too dangerous for humans? I am hoping to see and create a lot more educational apps making use of virtual reality in the very near future.” This latest journey is just another string to the bow of a College which is recognised as a true technological innovator. As one of the first FE Colleges to embrace Augmented Reality and promote digital engagement in learning, South Staffordshire College are a well-respected beacon of best-practise in the FE sector. Anyone can download and play the South Staffordshire College Clay Pigeon Shoot now, by visiting the links below: App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=992151076&mt=8 Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.southstaffs.vrclaypigeonshoot The Google Cardboard headsets are available online for as little as £3.00 If you want a career in digital development, why not check out the range of IT courses on offer from South Staffordshire College by visiting: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/information-technology/ Applications are still being accepted for this September and you can sign up online in just 25 seconds! Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege Twitter: @southstaffs

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Launch of new Part time Guide in run up to Adult Learners’ Week, 13th – 20th June 2015

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 15:43

Staff at South Staffordshire College are building up to Adult Learners’ Week in style with the launch of their new Part time Guide. Hot off the press and available to download from the College website at www.southstaffs.ac.uk the guide, which provides a snap shot of the exciting range of part time courses on offer for those aged 19+, has been created to provide potential learners with a glimpse into the extensive range of Adult Education opportunities at South Staffordshire College. Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest annual festival of learning; inspiring thousands of people each year to discover how learning can change their lives. During the week, which runs from 13th – 20th June 2015, South Staffordshire College will be offering an exciting programme of FREE taster sessions, from Sugarcraft and Creative Writing, to Spanish and Aromatherapy. Held at locations including Tamworth, Lichfield, Burntwood and Cannock, those interested in finding out more about the full range of tasters can download the flyers below. Lichfield Poster and Schedule – click to download: Tamworth Poster and Schedule – click to download: To book your place please call the College’s Enrolment Team on 0300 456 2424 or for more details about the Tasters please call the Community Team on 01827 304337. Nicola Humphries, Adult and Community Learning Manager for the College says “We’re thrilled to be able to launch our new guide in the run up to Adult Learners’ Week. It’s just one of the many ways that we’re working to offer even greater opportunities for adults who want to find a new hobby or learn new skills for their career development. Whatever people’s motivations and interests, we’re delighted to say that it’s ALL at SSC.” Carol Page, Senior Development worker in the Adult Learning Department at South Staffordshire College adds “At South Staffordshire College, we’re always keen to remind people in the local community that education isn’t just for Children. On the contrary, we’re seeing an increasing number of people joining us to learn new skills, meet new people and do something they enjoy. Adult Learners’ Week is the ideal opportunity to come along and have some fun. We’re really looking forward to welcoming people in to our Taster Sessions.” In addition to those courses running during Adult Learners’ Week, South Staffordshire College offer a comprehensive programme of Adult Leisure and Learning courses, which run during the day, at evenings and at weekends throughout the year. Available onsite at the College campuses in Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock and Rodbaston and also at several community venues, adult education has never been so accessible! To find out more, or download the new part time guide, visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk

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South Staffordshire College Learner Joshua Griffiths is part of a winning team!

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 12:03

South Staffordshire College learner Joshua Griffiths, who studies Routes to Vocational Learning at the College’s Cannock Campus is celebrating his success away from the classroom having recently won the league cup with his football team the ‘Stafford Dragons’. The Dragons, a team with a broad range of disabilities who represent Stafford, competed against 6 other teams to take the title, after a thrilling title race which was held at Rowley Park on Sunday 29th March 2015. Following an outstanding performance on the day, Joshua and his team, were thrilled to be named winners of the 2014/2015 Ability Counts League. Team members were presented with medals and a trophy on the day to recognise their achievements. Joshua’s lecturer and Course Leader at South Staffordshire College Carmen Davis, says “It’s a genuine delight to hear about the success of our students outside of their studies. Joshua’s achievement is a real testament to his hard work and commitment. Naturally, all of the staff here at South Staffordshire College are over the moon for both him and his team mates. Well done Josh!” If you’re interested in finding out more about the range of Routes to Vocational courses on offer at South Staffordshire College or want to find out more about life as a College student, visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk

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Exciting new range of Higher Education courses for September 2015!

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 11:41

At South Staffordshire College, we believe that by taking your education to the next level, you’ll be better equipped to reach your full potential and achieve your ambitions. That’s why, along with our Partner Universities – Staffordshire University and the University of Wolverhampton, we’re launching a fantastic range of new Higher Education courses for this September! The best news is – it’s not too late to apply! Adding to an already exciting range of HE programmes that includes everything from a BSc Hons in Film and Television Production to a BA Hons in Business Management, these new qualifications are designed to help you take charge of your future by building the practical skills, knowledge and experience you need to open up a wealth of career opportunities in the industry you love. Did you know? Employment forecasts predict that 50% of vacancies until 2020 will be in areas most likely to demand graduates On average, graduates earn £100,000 more over their working lives that those who don’t go on to Higher Education Our students have gone on to work at businesses including the BBC, ITV and the RSPCA Our full time feeds are normally over £2000 cheaper per year than most universities Many of our HE courses can be studied either full-time or part-time, giving you complete flexibility and the option to fit your studies in around existing commitments As our HE courses are offered in conjunction with our partner Universities – Staffordshire University and the University of Wolverhampton, when you study with us, you’ll also have access to their fantastic facilities and support too! So what’s new… Foundation Degree in Equine Training, Behaviour and Performance In conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton With a combined economic impact of £7b, Britain’s equine industry is thriving and the demand for skilled workers is continues to grow. A key growth area within the equestrian industry, this course provides people with the opportunity to develop the skills required for a career in equitation science. What’s hot? Delivered through a blend of theoretical and practical training, you’ll develop the equestrian skills and qualifications required to pursue a successful career. You’ll cover a range of innovative modules, including Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation, Equine Training, Equitation Science and much more! You’ll develop your skills in one of the best and specialist equine centres in the UK, on-site at Rodbaston Campus. Full – time applications Campus: Rodbaston Campus Code: R Institution code: W75 UCAS Course Code: D422 For part-time applications, please call our dedicated team on 0300 456 2424 BSc (Hons) Animal Science with Animal Behaviour In conjunction with Staffordshire University Available as a 1 year top-up from our Foundation Degree in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour, this course is perfect for those who want to develop the high level skills for a career that focuses on the behaviour, welfare and nutrition of animals – an industry, which according to Lantra is worth over £1 billion to the UK. What’s hot? You’ll study at the exceptional 180 hectare Rodbaston Estate, which is home to an impressive animal collection that consists of hundreds of species You’ll study a blend of practical and theoretical modules, including Animal Behaviour, Business Practise and much more Full – time applications Campus: Rodbaston Campus Code: U Institution code: S72 Call 0300 456 2424 For part-time applications, please call our dedicated team on 0300 456 2424 Foundation Degree Event Management In conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton As the UK’s reputation as a global business destination of choice grows, highly qualified, skilled events specialists are in demand. Designed to give you the skills to forge a career as a successful events management professional in the Leisure and Service industries, if you dream of delivering innovative events for tomorrow’s business leaders, this course if for you. What’s hot? You’ll study an exciting range of modules, from managing events and venues to management and minance themes You’ll study a blend of practical and theoretical modules, including Understanding Events and Venue Management, the world of work – employability, leisure operations management and the application of such skills on events planned and organised by yourself. Full – time applications Campus: Tamworth Campus Code: U Institution code: W75 Call 0300 456 2424 For part-time applications, please call our dedicated team on 0300 456 2424 Foundation Degree Photography In conjunction with Staffordshire University The UK’s creative industries employ over 2m people and the sector is forecast to play an even bigger role in the UK economy over the coming years. If you dream being a part of the industry and want to develop your conceptual, creative and technical photography skills, this is the course for you. What’s hot? You’ll study an exciting range of modules, from professional development in photography to creative influences You’ll study at our Lichfield campus, which is home to state-of-the-art photographic studios and facilities Full – time applications Campus: Lichfield Campus Code: U Institution code: S72 Call 0300 456 2424 For part-time applications, please call our dedicated team on 0300 456 2424 To find out more about our full range of Higher Education courses, click here. Planning ahead? If you’re thinking about studying for a Higher Education qualification starting in September 2016, you’re in luck! We’ll be launching even more HE courses for 2016, including a Foundation Degree in Music Production and Technology and a HND in Mechanical Engineering! Look out for our 2016/2017 HE prospectus – coming soon! To keep up to date with the latest news find us on Facebook /SouthStaffordshireCollege or follow us on Twitter @southstaffs

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South Staffordshire College to Heat Up Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Mikado’ in Jazz/Swing Musical

Mon, 18/05/2015 - 13:03

Musical Theatre Degree students of Staffordshire University and South Staffordshire College hit the stage of The Lichfield Garrick this month with ‘Hot Mikado’, the hilarious hit jazz / swing adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta. Staged under the banner of the institution’s in house theatre company ‘House of Greasepaint Productions’, this is an explosion of colour where East meets West head-on in this 1940′s-style update featuring classics including; A Wand’ring Minstrel I, Three Little Maids and many more. Find out what happens when the clean lines of Japanese design combine with the big band sights and sounds of popular American song and dance! Stepping into the Nanki-Poo’s shoes is Tamworth’s Daniel Roberts who also played Robbie Hart in ‘The Wedding Singer’ and Chad in ‘All Shook Up’ at The Garrick last year, alongside fellow student from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, Abbie Mead who plays Yum-Yum, the ward of Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner of Titipu. Playing the very pink Ko-Ko is Chase Terrace’s Jamie Jones, with Alfie Kentesber as Pooh-Bah, Elliot Lolley as Pish-Tush, Kaii Songhurst as Pitti-Sing and Vitalyia Harbord as Peep-Bo. Rounding off the cast are James Rowney as the titular Mikado and Rachel Wrighte as incredibly scary man-eater Katisha. South Staffordshire College Performing Arts Department are already well known for their specialism in Musical Theatre training at BTEC level with all productions having been a huge success for both the team and the students, earning reviews of 4 and 5 stars from industry online publication Remotegoat, however this is the first Musical Theatre degree production for the college. To see why South Staffordshire College Performing Arts Department have been critically acclaimed, why not book to see ‘Hot Mikado’ which runs at The Lichfield Garrick Theatre from 27th – 30th May. Tickets are £12 and can be booked in person at The Garrick Box Office or over the phone on 01543 412121, or alternatively, you can book online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com If you dream of treading the boards on the West End or want to be a star of the silver screen, you can find out about the exciting range of Performing Arts courses at South Staffordshire College by visiting: www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/performing-arts/ Applications are still being accepted for this September and you can ‘sign up’ online in just 25 seconds! Twitter: @SSCPerfArts @southstaffs Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege

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South Staffordshire College Graduate’s first feature film is ‘nothing short of epic’

Mon, 18/05/2015 - 12:43

South Staffordshire Graduate Jim Page is feeling ‘magical’ following the launch of his first commercial feature film ‘Arthur and Merlin’. The adrenaline fuelled movie, has been received to much acclaim with Pixel Dynamo calling it “Nothing short of epic” and stating that it has “the same sense of scale and grandeur that Peter Jackson or Chris Columbus could create”. High praise indeed! Inspired by the same Celtic myths that J.R.R. Tolkien read as a young man, Arthur and Merlin is an epic fantasy adventure of good against evil, that tells the story of these two iconic characters as you’ve never seen it before. Produced to cinema quality on a low budget, it’s a truly remarkable achievement in independent filmmaking. It seems the movie has also had quite an impact amongst its intended audience, with positive feedback such as “amazing movie” “the best feature-length movie I’ve ever seen” and “Great film – chills down my spine” flooding in via social media. Naturally, having edited the movie, Jim, who studied at Film and Television Production and both FE and HE level at South Staffordshire College’s Lichfield campus, is thrilled with the feedback and is rightly proud of his achievement. When asked how his studies at South Staffordshire College contributed to his career success Jim says “The course opened my eyes to the different filmmaking departments and helped me realise that Editing was what I wanted to do. It gave me practical real world experience, so that when I left I already had a portfolio of work and an understanding of working in a professional environment. Above all, the lecturers helped give me the confidence to start my journey, and made me a better person.” Terry Foster, one of Jim’s tutors and Award Leader BSc & FdSc Film & Television at South Staffordshire College says “We’re delighted for Jim! During his time with us, he was very passionate about filmmaking and had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, always wanting to do better. He played a crucial role as Editor in our Student’s award-winning film “Dead Trees” and now plays a valuable part in helping to inspire our current students through guest speaking events. It’s fantastic to see him forging such a successful career in the industry.” In addition to ‘Arthur and Merlin’, Jim’s credits also include “Alex Polizzi: The Fixer” and the documentary series “Walking the Amazon”. To see Arthur and Merlin for yourself, simply visit: http://www.arthurandmerlin.co.uk   Jim is just one of many South Staffordshire College students who have gone on to pursue successful careers in the Creative Arts Industry, with others having secured roles at Warner Brothers Studios, the BBC and ITV. If you dream of following in their footsteps and want to find out more about the fantastic range of courses on offer visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk Applications are still being accepted for this September, and you can ‘sign up’ online in just 25 seconds! Twitter: @southstaffs Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege

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Tamworth residents invited to brush up their creative skills at a free art workshop with SSC

Mon, 27/04/2015 - 11:45

South Staffordshire College would like to invite budding artists to join them at a FREE ‘live’ art workshop in Ankerside Shopping Centre in the town centre on Saturday 2nd May 2015, from 10am-4pm. The workshop, which forms part of an exciting project to turn Tamworth into an Art Gallery will be run by South Staffordshire College Art and Design Course Leader Andy Nash and is open to people of all ages and abilities. The project is being run as part of ‘I am Visual Art’ – one of many elements of the ambitious I Am Tamworth project, a 12-month celebration of the arts organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team. Designed to inspire, excite and encourage people from across the borough to become involved in the arts, this ‘I am Visual Arts’ project will see empty shops and spaces turned into pop-up galleries in a bid to provide a platform for hidden local talent and breath new life into the town centre. There will be 3 exhibitions this year, with the first ‘Tamworth: The People and The Place’ set to go live in vacant units and buildings throughout the town centre for two weeks from 30th May. “The purpose of the South Staffordshire College workshop is to help people gain the confidence and skills to prepare their own work for submission to the exhibition.” says Andy Nash. “This is a fantastic opportunity for South Staffordshire College to help the local community develop new skills and embrace their creativity. We’re delighted to be a part of such a positive initiative and to provide aspiring artists from all walks of life with the opportunity to express themselves through art.” Anyone who joins the workshop, which will be taking place in the former Clarks Shoe Shop, will also be invited to contribute towards a special collaborative piece that will be displayed in the town. There is no need to book, simply drop in on the day.   South Staffordshire College offer a wide range of Art and Design Courses for both full and part time learners. Applications are still being accepted for this september. to find out more, or apply online in just 25 seconds visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk Twitter: @southstaffs Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege For more details on how to make a submission to the ‘I am Visual Arts’ exhibition visit: www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/i-am-tamworth/i-am-visual-art

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New Adult Part-Time Courses start this week at South Staffordshire College

Mon, 27/04/2015 - 10:53

Do you want to boost your career prospects or find a new hobby? Do you want some valuable ‘me time’ over the summer? With an exciting range of part-time adult courses starting this week, South Staffordshire College are on hand to help. Open to adults aged 19+, the range of short courses cover a vast array of subjects, from Indian Cookery, Photography and Creative Writing to Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Computing. There are also a fantastic range of FREE ‘Taster’ Sessions in subjects including Travel and Tourism, Counselling and Hair & Beauty for those who want to enjoy an introduction to their chosen subject. With many of the courses delivered at local venues as well as on the South Staffordshire College campuses, the courses are easy to access and many are completely free of charge. For those that do have a fee attached, there are a range of discounts available, including 50% off for those in receipt of some income based benefits. For those people in receipt of JSA/ESA, all of the courses are completely free of charge. To find out more about the range of Adult Part-Time courses on offer visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/community-education To ‘sign up’ now and book your place, call 01827 304337

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South Staffordshire College is the corporate sponsor of the Staffordshire County Show!

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 14:28

The Countdown to this year’s Staffordshire County Show has begun and South Staffordshire College are proud to be the main sponsors once again. The County Show, which will be taking place at the Staffordshire County Showground on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th May 2015, is one of the largest events in Staffordshire and is a fantastic day out for all the family. It’s also the perfect opportunity for visitors to find out more about the amazing opportunities and facilities available at their local South Staffordshire College campuses. The College will once again be staging what’s proven to be one of the show’s highlights, the ‘Animal Zone Experience’, organised by the Rodbaston Campus Animal Zone Manager, John Buchan. With a number of fascinating hands-on Animal activities to enjoy, plus the opportunity to win a ‘Family Meerkat Experience’ worth £100, this year, the programme is set to be bigger and better than ever! Located in the Country Pursuits area of the showground, the Animal Zone Marquee will give children of all ages the chance to get up close to the range of cuddly (and not-so-cuddly) creatures. Calves, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs will all be roaming within the area, while mice, reptiles and some creepy crawlies will look on from their cages. Visitors to the College’s main stand (F79), which is located opposite the main arena, will also have the opportunity to try their hand at a range of hands-on activities, including plant propagation and milking a cow! Staff from the College will also be on hand to offer advice and guidance about the exciting range of courses and apprenticeships available at their Rodbaston Campus, including Animal Care, Veterinary Care, Agriculture, Floristry and many more. This September, there will be even more choice for aspiring learners, following the launch of a range of new courses including a Foundation Degree in Equine Behaviour, Training and Performance and a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour. If that’s not enough, this year, for the very first time, the College will also be running an exciting range of have-a-go activities from the brand new Leisure and Learning Marquee. Home to a range of family friendly FREE workshops including Spanish, Photography, Sugarcraft and many more, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a taste of some of the hundreds of Part Time Courses on offer at South Staffordshire College. The courses themselves, which are run during the day, evenings and weekends across all campuses and at various outreach centres in the local community, are a fantastic way to find a new hobby, meet new people or even develop new skills to help boost career prospects. Many of the courses are completely free of charge and for those that have a fee, there will be exclusive ‘County Show’ discounts on offer to those who want to sign up! South Staffordshire College’s association with the show reflects its close ties to the rural economy. At its Rodbaston Campus the College offers a unique range of land-based courses, and award-winning developments on the site have added a new dimension to the facilities. Chief Executive Principal of the College, Graham Morley, says involvement with the show is a mark of the importance the College places on its relationship with the Staffordshire rural community. “This event is always one of the highlights of the year for the people of the area and with our strong involvement in the rural enterprise economy of Staffordshire it is quite natural that we should retain our role as main sponsors. We’re thrilled to be involved in such a fantastic event again for 2015.”   The Staffordshire County Showground is situated on the A518 Stafford to Uttoxeter Road, just four miles from Stafford. To find out more about the range of courses on offer at South Staffordshire College visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk Applications are still being accepted for this September and you can sign up online in just 25 seconds! Twitter: @southstaffs Facebook: SouthStaffordshireCollege

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New reptile house ‘scales-up’ South Staffordshire College’s facilities

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 12:44

South Staffordshire College is celebrating the opening of its brand new reptile house. The latest residents slithered into their new home at Rodbaston Campus’ Animal Zone on Saturday 18th April and the enclosure is now open to members of the public. The collection was completed with the most recent resident’s arrival, a Caledonian giant gecko. The new reptile facility now houses one of the largest collections of reptiles in an animal welfare college in the UK. The college is now the only one in the UK to home Caiman Lizards and will be entering into a breeding programme with zoos around the country to help protect this endangered species. Contributors to the new facility include the Zoological Society of London, Chester Zoo, Dudley Zoo and Cotswold Wildlife Park, who have donated an exciting range of reptiles that are unavailable through the pet trade, helping to provide additional learning opportunities for Animal Care students and educate both students and visitors about the importance of reptiles in conservation. Animal Care students from the college helped to create the new reptile house, from designing the enclosures and displays to building and painting them and creating all of the signage. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the reptile keeper during sessions throughout the day where they can handle the snakes, geckos and skinks. John Buchan, Animal Zone Manager at South Staffordshire College, said: “The new reptile house is a really exciting project for us. As well as providing our visitors with the chance to learn and explore more about reptiles that they would otherwise be unable to see outside of a zoo, it is also a perfect showcase of the hard work of our students, who played a fundamental role in making the reptile house come to life. This is a venture that will really help put us on the map, enabling us to work with zoological collections throughout the UK to make an important contribution to breeding programmes.” Rodbaston’s Animal Zone boasts over 650 different animals from around the world. The Animal Zone is open from 10am until 4pm on weekends and daily throughout school holidays*. Guests do not need to pre-book; just turn up on the day and entry is £5.20 for adults, £4.20 for children, free for under 3s and a family ticket for two adults and two children is just £16. Parking is free. Visitors can also take advantage of a current Groupon offer for 50% off a family ticket, seeing the price reduced to just £8 for a family of four. Adult tickets can also be purchased for £3 each. For further details visit www.groupon.co.uk For further information about South Staffordshire College and the Animal Zone, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk or call 0300 456 2424. * Based on Staffordshire term dates. About Us South Staffordshire College occupies five campuses in Cannock, Lichfield, Rodbaston and two in Tamworth. The college attracts over 4,000 students every year. Providing a diversified range of courses to suit every learning style and offering the very best in further education, higher education and apprenticeships, South Staffordshire College offers a range of first-class facilities, including a zoo, motor vehicle workshop and an equine centre that is recognised as being one of the best in the UK. Not only does it provide a popular venue for dressage and show jumping shows and equestrian societies, it also offers a range of training and exams in partnership with the BHS (British Horse Society). With valuable experience in both industry and commerce, the college has strong links with both local and national employers, providing successful work-based learning programmes that meet the needs of both businesses and learners.

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Access a brighter future at South Staffordshire College

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 16:37

Do you have career ambitions but need help achieving your goals? Have you been out of education for a while and want to take steps towards a more rewarding future? South Staffordshire College can help you get on track with their broad range of Access to Higher Education qualifications. Ideal for those who want to study for a Degree but don’t have the required entry requirements, or for those who want to retrain to embark on an exciting new career journey, these courses are the ideal platform to re-introduce yourself to studying. Better still, they can be completed in just one year, so achieving your goals could be easier (and quicker) than you think! Available in a variety of pathways including Health for those who would like a career such as Midwifery, Nursing and Paramedic Science to Business and Management, for those who want to work is Management, Finance or Marketing, South Staffordshire College’s Access Courses are also available at Tamworth, Cannock and Lichfield Campuses. Curriculum Team Leader at South Staffordshire College, Kerry Adam says “In days gone by, many people left school at 16 (or younger) and entered directly into work. Today, we’re seeing an increasingly high number of applications from people who, years down the line, have decided the time is right for them to follow their heart and pursue their dream career. Our Access to HE courses are ideal for these people and it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to help people on their journey.” The success rates of these courses also speak for themselves, with an impressive 85% of learners going on into Higher Education or employment last year. Student satisfaction rates are also high, with current and previous learners having nothing but positive feedback on their Access experience with the College. Annette Price-Porter says “In January 2011 I suffered a great loss in my life, from this loss I was left a small legacy, rather than waste the money I decided I would like to enrich my life by going back into education. As a mature student I found it very daunting, however my fears soon diminished as the tutors and fellow students were very reassuring and easy going. All tutors delivered lectures clear and precise, interacting with every student, supporting and assisting them on any difficulties which arose, I gained so much confidence. The experience was amazing! I learnt so many new skills which gave me the tools to prepare my journey into university. I currently study at the University of Wolverhampton studying a BA Honours Degree in Criminology, the Criminal Justice System and Social Care. I have now applied to become a Magistrate but without furthering my education at South Staffordshire College Cannock Campus and the marvellous work and efforts all tutors put in, I would never have been able to reach my goal. I would highly recommend the Access to HE course whether young or old, you’re never too old to start learning a new skill; I am so pleased I did!” South Staffordshire College Access to HE Courses are offered in the following subject areas: Health, Humanities, Art and Design, ICT, Business and Management and Engineering. Applications are still being taken for this September. To find out more, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/access/

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