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Welcome to Higher Education at Plumpton College
General Introduction (20 minutes) Course-specific talk and tour Informal discussion with Course Leader Staff available to talk about finance, accommodation and pastoral care Content of this interview session
Why do students come to Plumpton? Small and friendly - we care about our students Substantial educational and pastoral support Excellent subject-specific facilities Vocational courses linked to employment High levels of achievement and progression Very good links with UoB
Characteristics of our HE courses Vocational – ‘training for work’ Focus on vocational ‘competency’ Extensive work experience links with employers Scope to personalise study to own circumstances Excellent record of graduate employment Flexible – part-time or full-time modular Inclusive Progression to ‘top-up’ Honours degrees
Plumpton is a Partner College of the UoB The UoB validates all of our degrees and monitors academic standards Students graduate with a UoB FdSc/FdA/BSc (Hons) at the UoB ceremony at the Brighton Dome All of our degrees are within the Faculty of Science & Engineering Students are Plumpton College students and benefit from College facilities and small groups Validation of courses
HE courses – either full or part time FdSc Agriculture FdSc Animal Science FdSc Arboriculture FdSc Countryside Management FdA Creative Metalworking FdSc Equine Dentistry FdSc Equine Studies FdSc Forestry & Woodland Management FdA Garden Design FdSc Outdoor Adventurous Activities FdSc Veterinary Nursing FdA Wine Business FdSc Wine Production BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Performance BSc (Hons) Viticulture & Oenology BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare top-up BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Facilitation top-up BA (Hons) Wine Business top-up
....and specifically for part-time Our Foundation Degrees are available on a part-time basis and will be studied over 4 years A BSc would take 6 years part-time Foundation Diplomas in Equine Sports Coaching, Garden Design, Wine Production and Wine Business part-time courses over 2 years equivalent to half of a Foundation Degree (120 credits)
Tuition fees for Tuition fees – not paid upfront If first university level qualification, eligible for a student loan for tuition fees Pay back after leaving and earning over £21,000 a year. If earning less – for example if you are between jobs, return to study, or take parental leave, your payments will stop Payments will be written off after 30 years Repayments at 9 per cent of income above £21,000. eg salary of £25,000, 9% applies to £4,000 = a repayment of £30 per month
Financial support Student loans, grants and bursaries available to help UK & EU students meet living costs. Family income and circumstances determine the level Additional financial support is available to people from lower income backgrounds A loan of up to £5,555 a year will be available to students living away from home and studying outside London A loan of up to £4,418 a year will be available to students who continue to live at their parents’ home
Applying for Grants/Loans/Bursaries Apply to Student Finance England on Telephone helpline: Access agreement available at Depending on your circumstances and family income you could also be eligible for additional financial support from Plumpton College. Bursaries and fee waivers available for those on low incomes, these are offered at the discretion of the Principal and applications should be made direct to him.
Full-time Fees for Annual tuition fees for students Wine courses £7,450 All other courses£6,900
Part-time Fees Part-time fees for are proportional to the number of credits in your study but most students will study 60 credits ie 50% of full time and the fees are:- £3725 for wine courses £3450 for all other courses These fees are payable up-front or students may be eligible for a student tuition loan (if you are studying more than 25% of a full time course)
CPD CPD fees are £620 for a 10 credit wine module. CPD fees for non-wine related modules are £575 for a 10-credit module.
Fee waivers and bursaries Fee waivers for low income earners / unemployed - up to £1000 Plumpton College Bursaries – (Eligibility - a declared income of less than £16,190 combined with low participation neighbourhood) Either £1,500 fee waiver and a £1,500 reduction in the cost of on- campus residential accommodation or a fee waiver of £1,500 plus £1,500 towards College transport costs and meals for those students who are not resident in College accommodation
ELQ students ELQ students are existing degree-holders (ELQ equivalent level qualification) The government currently provides no financial support From 2014 entry, fees are full-cost* - full-time fees (see earlier slide) - part-time = proportional to full time - CPD £575 per 10-credit module * subject to confirmation
Course Structure The courses are made up of modules A standard module is worth 10 credits To achieve: Foundation Diploma: 120 credits Foundation Degree: 240 credits BSc Hons Degree: 360 credits NB – Vet Nursing is a three year sandwich course but there is currently no funding available for the second/placement year which costs £750.
Course Structure Each year is divided into 2 semesters, each with a different timetable Full time students study 120 credits in a year, so at any one time, you will be studying around 6 modules – usually 60 credits per semester Some modules are Compulsory: others are Optional and can be selected to suit your chosen career path An important part of all courses is the Work Placement
An example timetable Day lunch Tuesday Cell Biology and Genetics Sheila Chambers Room; WSC2/1 Cell Biology and Genetics (support group) Sheila Chambers Room; WSC1/2 Group Tutorials Sheila Chambers Room; RD1 Animal Evolution and Diversity Lesley Barcock Room; RD1 Wednesday Animal Routines Animal Care Unit Animal Husbandry Animal Care Unit; Research Methods Alex Kaley Room; RD1 Friday Principles of Business Phil Trott Room; RD Anatomy and Physiology Sheila Chambers Room; RD1 Group and Individual Tutorials Sheila Chambers Room; RD1 Animal Behaviour Lesley Barcock Room; RD1 Foundation Degree; Animal Science Year Timetable; Semester 1
Learning and Assessment Balance between theory and practical varies between modules Modules are normally timetabled for 2 or 3-hour sessions You should allow 2 hours of private study time for each hour of teaching Assessment modes vary: written reports, practical assessments, essays, presentations, short tests and formal exams At the beginning of each semester you are given an assessment schedule to help you to plan your assessments
IT Skills Basic IT skills required include: Word-processing Sending/receiving s Use of internet Excel spreadsheets Powerpoint IT skills training recommended prior to course
Personal Computers Guest provision for wired and wireless internet*. The machine must have at least: g compliant wireless adapter 10/100 network card (for wired connections) Modern operating system – Windows 7, OS X, etc Up-to-date Anti-Virus software. A personal firewall (built in Windows Firewall is sufficient, but must be enabled at all times). Most modern gadgets are also supported, e.g. iPads, iPods, etc Users of the guest system must agree to an acceptable use policy before being allowed to connect. *Restrictions apply
Accommodation / Transport Some accommodation available in our new building, please ask for an application form - apply early to Student Services at the College Full board for 35 weeks ranges from £3700 to £5600 Many of our students commute daily Good bus links Plumpton College buses during FE term-time Free car parking Local lodgings – see website
College Facilities: Library Over 10,000 books and 3000 e-books. 18 PCs Seating for 124 Students Individual and Group Study tables Black/White/Colour Printer & Copier Disabled Access and Hearing Loop The décor is modern and very attractive. A calming environment divided into two zones for either quiet or group work and an adjacent annexe room for presentations and research sessions.
Modern Units Well equipped and comfortable surroundings A desirable working environment, inside and out.
Classrooms are light, comfortable and modern.
Warm, friendly environments ideal for revising, relaxing and socialising. - Individual Pigeon Holes - Useful Information parasol - Coffee and Tea Machine - Comfortable seating Student Common Rooms - TVs - Football Table - Pool Table - Bar - Vending Machines
Disabled Students Allowance If you have a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty you may be able to apply for DSA. The allowance can help with costs eg specialist equipment, travel. Further details from or Ring for further advice
Student support If you show a strong likelihood of being dyslexic we can carry out a dyslexia test and then make an appointment for you with a local Educational Psychologist With a diagnosis of dyslexia (or any other learning difficulty) we will support you in the DSA application process Once the Access Centre have met you they will recommend a package of support which we will implement ext 2206
Student support - counselling The College employs a fully qualified and independent Counsellor three days a week to support students through life’s challenges Appointments can be made by ing or phoning
What happens next? Once you’ve accepted our offer we will keep in touch Open day is Saturday 10 th May 2014 – please come and look around the College Provisional dates:- enrolment w/b 22 nd Sept 14, an enrolment pack will be posted to you in the summer teaching commences w/b 29 th Sept 14