What are the 14-16 courses?

North Shropshire College offers Nationally recognised qualifications in vocational subjects to students in Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11). All of the courses are 2 years long and help to develop practical and theoretical skills in the chosen subject, as well as interpersonal and social skills. These courses equip young people with the skills needed to progress further on to Further Education in the subject.

As a college we work really closely with the schools to ensure that students are learning in a safe and supportive learning environment. This involves taster days, interviews, reports and constant communication.

The courses that we offer at North Shropshire College are:

  • Animal Care
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Construction

Animal Care (Walford Campus)

The Animal Care course takes place at our Walford Campus, near Baschurch, in the Harris Centre. We have over 100 species and over seven hundred animals ranging from alpacas to meerkats, snakes, rats, kookaburras and bearded dragons. It is the perfect environment for students that would like to have a career with animals and allows for progression on to our post-16 courses.

The course covers units such as safe animal handling, animal health and animal habitat and environment. There will be both practical elements and theory elements to the course, both are essential to passing the course.

Motor Vehicle (Walford Campus)

Our Motor Vehicle course is the perfect course for young people that have an interest in the motor industry. Our team of lecturers are renowned for engaging students in this vocational type of study and we see the majority of our students progress on to Further Education in the sector.

The course will be based at our Walford Campus, near Baschurch, in our fully functioning motor vehicle workshop. We have one of the best educational facilities for motor vehicle in Shropshire, with a fully functioning workshop. this enables our students to learn in the most realistic environment as possible.

The course covers modules such as health and safety, engineering materials, liquid cooling systems, vehicle valeting, wheels tyres and exhausts and more. There will be both practical and theory elements to the course.

Hair and Beauty (Oswestry Campus)

The Hair and Beauty course takes place at our Oswestry Campus in our four purpose built salons. Visage is our hair and beauty salon that is open to members of the public and allows our students to learn in the most realistic environment possible.

The course covers both practical and theoretical elements of the hair and beauty industry, and is ideal for students that wish to have a career in this industry. There is an established progression route for 14-16 students on to the Level 2 course post 16 if the course has been passed.

Construction (Oswestry Campus)

Brand new to the 14-16 provision, September 2014 we opened out new Construction suite where we teach currently teach Plumbing and Construction, looking to increase the provision over the next couple of years. The Construction Department is based at the Oswestry Campus and contains two separate workshops.

The course is ideal for students that would consider taking up construction as a future career, as there is theoretical work as well as practical. Which fully enables the students to get an understanding of how the sector works.

If you are a school, student or parent and would like more information on the 14-16 provision then please contact the programme coordinator Chloe Edwards on 01691 688087 or email c.edwards@nsc.ac.uk

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