- Written by Michael McLannahan
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Our aim at Tomlinscote Sixth Form College is very simple: we want to be the best provider of post-16 education in the country. Therefore, we offer an increasing number of high quality, industry based technical awards in our state of the art vocational centre. Already recognised by OFSTED (in May 2011) as an ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form College, our vocational courses enable us to offer an incredibly broad curriculum that suits all manner of learners. We pride ourselves on offering the most supportive teaching in a familiar and suitable structured where all students can grow and learn in appropriately sized classes.
In addition, we offer students a range of fantastic opportunities to broaden their experiences through our thriving and ever expanding enrichment and extra-curricular programme. We also expect every learner to contribute some of their time to volunteering, both within and beyond the school. This, I believe, is what makes a young person rounded and attractive to an employer or to a university admissions tutor. Students will have access to a wide range of trips offered by many of our subject staff.
Tomlinscote offers a range of Level Two and Level Three vocational courses and technical awards in the following areas:
Professional Catering (Level 2 and Level 3 courses available)
Beauty Therapy (Level 2 and Level 3 courses available)
Hairdressing/Barbering (Level 2 and Level 3 courses available)
Construction - includes the option of both Site Carpentry and Brick Laying (Level 2 and Level 3 courses available)
Football Coaching (Level 2 VRQ and Level 3 BTEC courses available)
Childcare (Level 2 and Level 3 CACHE courses available)
Level 3 BTEC in Creative Media Production
These courses are hosted in our impressive new Vocational Centre situated at the entrance to our school site. The Sixth Form and its students, led by the Students’ Union, and steered by our Sixth Form Leadership, is therefore entirely in touch with industry and the requirements of the modern workplace. I’m delighted to report that many of our students go on to serve apprenticeships before taking up skilled roles in their chosen field. Employers frequently report that they will only consider Tomlinscote students for apprenticeships due of the quality of our course experiences.
I encourage you to visit our Sixth Form and to see our students in action and we would be delighted to show you round and give you a tour of our outstanding facilities. I have no doubt that you will witness learning of the highest quality and you will see young people moving confidently towards employment or Higher Education. When you visit us, you will find a vibrant community of young people and teaching staff who are learning and developing together.
Should you choose to join us to study, you will be doing so at the very best moment – this Sixth Form is not only outstanding but is thriving and growing.
- Written by Kevin Delaney
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At Tomlinscote 6th Form College we offer a tailored experience to students wishing to acquire further training within the construction industry. We offer industry-based, nationally accredited training on two key aspects of the construction industry, both at Level 2 and Level 3:
- Site Carpentry
- Brick laying
What is the difference between Site Carpentry and Brick Laying?
The Site Carpentry Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas have been developed to give students both the knowledge and practical skills to use within the construction industry. Students undertaking this hands on vocational subject will learn about the preparation and use of power tools, first fix and second fix operations, structural carcassing and maintenance to non-structural carpentry work. In addition to these key aspects, both courses cover Health and Safety in the construction industry, as well as understanding construction technology, communication and quantities. Each Diploma is carried out over two full days in our purpose built workshops on the college site.
The Brick Laying Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas have been specifically designed to give students the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to use within the Brick Laying area of the construction industry. Students undertaking this practical qualification will learn about the interpretation of working drawings to set out masonry structures and the basics of thin joint and masonry cladding. In addition, students will gain the experience of building solid walling, independent and attached piers and the building of cavity walling forming masonry structures.
What do we offer?
We can offer both the Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas courses in both aspects of the construction industry outlined above. There are progression routes available which are suited to all types of learner.
Typically, in Year 1, students will follow the Level 2 Cskills Awards Diploma in either discipline (Site Carpentry or Brick Laying) - this is determined by the student at interview dependent upon their choice of qualification or chosen interest. Year two of the course could follow either pathway outlined below:
At the end of the first year, there are two possible routes for students to follow for the second year:
- Students who pass the Level 2 qualification in the first year at a high level and who show a natural aptitude and skill within that particular area of construction can choose to continue with that discipline and progress onto the Level 3 Cskills Diploma in that same discipline.
- Students who do not pass the Level 2 qualification at a high enough level or those who wish to have experience of both disciplines (Site Carpentry and Brick Laying) can choose to progress onto the Level 2 Cskills Diploma in the second year in the second discipline (either Site Carpentry or Brick Laying, dependent upon what they have studied in the first year) to ensure that they have a breadth of experience in both areas of construction.
- Written by Ian Jarrett
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We are resuming our popular three course meals in the Vocational Centre Restaurant on the evening of Wednesday 1st of March. Our theme for the first meal of the year is a Curry evening. Our menu will be as follows;
Starter Onion Bhajee
All starters are with Tomato pickle and mint yogurt sauces
Mains Lamb Bhuna
Vegetarian Option Bhindi Bhajee (Okra)
Bombay Aloo (spicy potato)
All served with Basmati rice and Cucumber Raita
Dessert Fruit Salad with yogurt