Somerset College

Introduction

Located in Taunton the County Town of Somerset, in the heart of the South West, Somerset College offers an extensive range of Further and Higher Education courses as well as skills training in a warm, friendly and welcoming environment. Our success speaks for itself with fantastic achievements and great careers for our students.

Principal's Welcome

For more than 150 years Somerset College has provided the highest standards of education and training using industry-standard facilities and resources. All of our courses are designed to meet employer's needs and to provide skills and knowledge relevant to work and employment.

Inspectors recently rated us as a 'Good' college' and 'Outstanding' in several areas. Our success rates are very high for both Further and Higher Education; our campus is vibrant; we have national awards in many areas and are specialists in health and social care, design and the creative industries. Amongst our many strengths is our growing expertise in renewable and green technologies. Part of this is our extensive experience of, and professional programmes for, sustainable construction. This area is a growing strength of the College and represents our response to new technologies that span many business sectors.

We are a progressive college which brings out the best in all our students. Whatever their choice of study, each person is given full support to find out who they really are and achieve their ambitions and aspirations.

Our courses cover many levels, and we have a strong Higher Education portfolio with degree courses in many areas. Students come from all over the UK to study on our degree programmes. Our students stay with us from Further to Higher Education, and return again to develop their professional skills when they enter employment.

Our contact and work with employers is extensive and we aim to be the training provider of choice for young people, adults and employers in Somerset. We want our students to achieve the highest standards set for their chosen industry sector, so that they can begin their careers with confidence, knowing they have been trained in the most advanced business methods and technology.

Also on our campus are Genesis, the sustainable construction centre, The Hot House business incubation units and the Taunton Conference Centre. These landmark buildings, together with our extensive range of courses from the Business Training area of the College, give the support and conference facilities business needs to get ahead. Coupled with the range of business training options from the College, we can offer businesses all the help they need to achieve a well-resourced and highly skilled workforce.

Rachel Davies

Principal and Chief Executive

Our History

We've been leading the way since 1856

Somerset College started life in 1856 as the School of Art and Science, before moving to Corporation Street, Taunton, as the School of Art at the turn of the century. It wasn't however, until the early 1970s that the School of Art merged with the Technology School and relocated to the Wellington Road site.

The buildings and facilities you see today are the result of a multi-million pound investment that has enabled Somerset College to stay at the forefront of Further and Higher Education in the County.

We continue to invest in our facilities, to enable us to offer state-of-the-art resources to all our students and provide a place of learning that inspires all who study, work and visit us. For example, in September 2013 we opened the new Industry Skills Centre, which incorporates construction crafts. In addition, we are now progressing through the bidding and consultation process for the refurbishment of the Art & Design building.

Today we are a thriving community with a reputation for excellence. In 2012 Somerset College was the best Further Education College in Somerset for success, for long courses of all ages.

We prepare our students for a number of careers across many industry sectors, with our graduates working in education, technology, healthcare, engineering, design and many other sectors. Our students have worked for a number of high profile companies, including Vivienne Westwood, Per Una, Fat Face and Abercrombie and Fitch.

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FdA Business Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

Lay the foundations for the career of your choice with our Business Management courses. These equip you with a range of flexible and transferable skills, ensuring you are a genuine asset in the workplace. [+]

Course Description Lay the foundations for the career of your choice with our Business Management courses. These equip you with a range of flexible and transferable skills, ensuring you are a genuine asset in the workplace. No organisation operates effectively unless its employees have significant commercial expertise. Our courses equip you with exactly what’s required to make a key contribution to your employer’s success. So whether you want to work as a financier, accountant, marketer, administrator, HR manager, or in any other role, this course provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your skills. As well as learning about business and management through lectures and seminars, you will work with local employers to gain hands-on experience of the real world of business. This will build your experience, help you to generate fresh knowledge, and give you a ready-made contacts book by the time you graduate. The course follows a broad structure. The first year covers: - Elements of Business Finance - Introduction to the Legal Environment - The Organisational Environment - Marketing Practice - Managing Customer Relations - The External Environment - Professional Practice and the Workplace - The second year covers: - Managing Business Strategy - Introduction to Macro-Economics - Managing Human Resources - Managing Training and Development - Financial Planning and Managing Accounting - Project Management - Developing Marketing Practice - Management and the Law - optional unit - Teaching and Assessment For FdA students, 80% of the grade is made up of continuous assessment, including individual and group assignments and projects. The remaining 20% of your mark will be decided by your performance in course tests. Progression Opportunities On successful completion of the FdA course you may be able to progress to one further year of study and 'top-up' to a BA (Hons) Business Administration degree at Somerset College. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places are subject to availability. Career Progression This course can lead in any direction you choose, from marketing to finance, management to HR. Our past students have gained employment in a variety of organisations, as well as setting up their own companies. The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) This is the first stage of the Foundation degree programme and is a nationally recognised award in its own right. Entry Requirements Applicants require a National Diploma in Business (PPP) or similar, or AS/A2-Levels (minimum 120 points including 80 points at A2 Level), or an Advanced New Diploma (120 points minimum) or Access Certificate. Students also need to have GCSE English Language at a minimum of Grade C. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study. [-]

FdA Early Childhood Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

If you’re committed to making a difference to the lives of children and young people, our courses in Early Childhood Studies are the perfect foundation for your career. [+]

Course Description If you’re committed to making a difference to the lives of children and young people, our courses in Early Childhood Studies are the perfect foundation for your career. They are designed specifically for people who wish to pursue a career in Early Years care, or who are already working in that sector. So if you know that working with young people is your passion, this is the course for you. The course includes modules in the following areas in the first year: - Maths, Science and the Child - Language, Literacy and the Child - Play and Learning - Learning and Development - Professional Practice and the Workplace - Applied Social Science The second year covers: - Early Years Curriculum - Professional Practice - Regulatory and Legislative Framework for Early Years Services - Working with Children and Families - Independent Study - Special Study In the course of your studies, you will complete two work placements that give you a valuable insight into how the sector works, and enhance your employability. In your second year, you will also complete a research project in a subject of your choice. Teaching and Assessment There are no examinations on this course, and each module is assessed by means of assignments. We offer you comprehensive study skills support throughout your time at College, to help maximise your chances of success. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and presentations. Progression Opportunities On successful completion of the FdA course you may be able to progress to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies or the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Management degree (progression route subject to approval), delivered at Somerset College. You could also apply to Plymouth University to join the final year of the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Following this you may progress to postgraduate studies. Career Progression The Foundation Degree can lead to employment in family support and project working in a range of Early Years settings. You could also start a career as a children’s centre worker, home/school liaison worker, early years worker, primary school worker or family advice liaison worker. Our graduates have also progressed to teacher training at primary level. Entry Requirements Applicants for the Foundation Degree require a Level 3 qualification. This typically includes AS/A2 Levels (minimum 160 points include 80 at A2), a CACHE or BTEC National Diploma, Access Certificate and NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject. Candidates are also required to have a minimum of Grade C in English Language and Mathematics. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study. Due to the nature of these courses, you will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) prior to commencing any placement work. [-]

FdA Graphic Media and Communication

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

The aim of the course is to help you develop the creative skills needed to achieve success in your future career. With this in mind, the course explores how ideas are communicated through language, images and messages. [+]

Within the School of Art and Design at Somerset College we pursue the intelligent development of visual communication. Students learn the invisible language of form, composition, balance, structure, rhythm and hierarchy coupled with the very visible language of communication. The aim of the course is to help you develop the creative skills needed to achieve success in your future career. With this in mind, the course explores how ideas are communicated through language, images and messages. It equips you with the understanding and skills to operate effectively within the fast-moving and stimulating design sector. By studying on this course, you will develop and establish: - A broad range of skills across the disciplines of graphic media and communication with disciplines which include graphic design, screen based design, moving image and sound, Illustration and photography. - A professional understanding of the strength and usage of visual communication. - A detailed understanding of industry-standard equipment and software. - An understanding of how to evaluate a client’s needs and respond successfully to them. - Experience of working as part of a professional team, gained through group projects and work placements, and through entering national and international design competitions. - Your own visual signature, enabling you to generate and express your personal ideas and beliefs. Teaching and Assessment Teaching takes place within the School of Art and Design utilising a range of purpose-built media and design studios. Assessment is based on 100% coursework and we undertake continuous modular assessment. Studio-based assignments are augmented by lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the year. Progression Opportunities After successfully competing the FdA you can progress on to the BA (Hons) Graphic Media and Communication top-up year at Somerset College. Career Progression Graduates for any of the media programmes work across a broad range of disciplines, including web design, motion graphics, packaging, advertising, information design, character design, editorial design, photography and illustration. Thanks to their grounding in a broad range of disciplines, all of our Graphic Media courses are the ideal foundation for a successful career as a designer, and also provide a good basis from which to pursue postgraduate study. [-]

FdA Media Make-up

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

Want to be a professional make-up artist, working in places like English National Opera and West End theatres, or the BBC and ITV, and on major film productions with directors like Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Danny Boyle? [+]

Course Description Want to be a professional make-up artist, working in places like English National Opera and West End theatres, or the BBC and ITV, and on major film productions with directors like Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Danny Boyle? That’s exactly what our graduates have gone on to achieve, and with this course under your belt, there’s every chance for you to follow suit. This unique programme will give you: - An in-depth understanding of the media make-up industry. - Insight into the role of make-up artists in relation to stage, TV and film, fashion editorial and promotional shoots. - The skills and creative flair to use make-up to express emotions, transform faces and portray character. - The technical and artistic skills for complete make-up transformations. - The research skills required to ensure the quality and accuracy of character portrayal. - Skills in the art of hair work, character development, body painting, postiche (wig-making) and prosthetics. - A comprehensive portfolio of work to show prospective employers. - The opportunity to undertake work-based learning and live projects in the media world. Teaching and Assessment Our specialist staff have extensive knowledge of the industry, along with the experience and expertise to guide you as you develop your skills set. The FdA is modular in design, and assessment is continuous, by means of coursework. You will complete written assignments, journals and design presentations, as well as undertaking regular practical projects. You will also attend lectures and workshops and develop your research skills in an area of particular interest to you. Students are encouraged to specialise in a particular make-up discipline and develop their skills in that area. As a result, you can expect to graduate from the course with a strong portfolio in your chosen field. Progression Opportunities Once the FDA has been completed, students can go onto the top up year BA (Hons) Media Make Up. Career Progression Because this course equips you with high-level practical skills, there is every chance of securing work upon graduation. Our students take up roles within theatre, television and film production companies, as well as working with make-up agencies in fashion and editorial. The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) This is the first stage of the Foundation degree programme and is a nationally recognised award in its own right. For more information please see page 6. Entry Requirements Applicants require a National Diploma in Production Arts (Media Make-up) or an Art and Design MPP profile or similar. Alternatively, a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or A2/AS Level including Art (minimum 160 points including 80 points at A2 Level) or AVCE Double Award Arts and Design (minimum grade CC) or Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate in Art and Design will suffice. Our students are also required to have five GCSEs, to include English language to a minimum of Grade C. Applicants will be invited to interview, to which they are expected to bring a portfolio displaying at least ten pieces of original work. [-]

FdSc Computer Games Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

Succeeding in the field of Games Technology involves a combination of technical aptitude and commercial and creative know-how. That’s exactly what our degree programmes are intended to equip you with, meaning that you’ll stand every chance of landing your dream job once you graduate from Somerset College. [+]

Course Description Succeeding in the field of Games Technology involves a combination of technical aptitude and commercial and creative know-how. That’s exactly what our degree programmes are intended to equip you with, meaning that you’ll stand every chance of landing your dream job once you graduate from Somerset College. This programme incorporates our innovative use of work-based learning, to help you gain hands-on experience in professional environments during your studies. First years undertake a work placement with an employer in the games technology industry, while the second year includes a live games production project. In the past, students have worked on developing games for partners such as the NHS, Mole Valley Farmers, British Red Cross and Somerset Wildlife. The FdSc covers a range of topics. In the first year you will cover: - Programming Fundamentals - Games Mathematics - 3D Modelling & animation Fundamentals - Games Platforms and Technologies - Games Design and Development - Professional Practice and the Workplace The second year covers: - Sound for Games - Computers Games Production Project - Games AI - Advanced 3D Animation - Advanced Games Programming - Rigging: Character Modelling - optional module - Introduction to Mobile Programming - optional module Career Progression With a set of highly sought-after skills and competencies, and practical work experience in the games technology industry, your chances of securing employment after graduation are high. Our graduates have gone on to roles as technical artists or games programmers, as well as a wide spectrum of other jobs in the creative media sector, such as mobile device programmers, graphic designers and digital artists. The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) This is the first stage of the Foundation degree programme and is a nationally recognised award in its own right. Entry Requirements Applicants for the FdSc require a relevant Extended Diploma (MPP), or AS/A2 Levels in related disciplines (minimum 160 points, including 80 points at A2 Level). Alternatively, an Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate will suffice. We also require students to have GCSE English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study. [-]

FdSc Computing and Internet Technologies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

Develop skills in computing and you’ll be employable the world over. This industry sector continues to grow, and our degree courses equip you with the skills employers require for their workforce. [+]

Course Description Develop skills in computing and you’ll be employable the world over. This industry sector continues to grow, and our degree courses equip you with the skills employers require for their workforce. As a result, Somerset College computing graduates enjoy excellent prospects and rewarding careers. One of the distinctive features of our programmes is their work-based learning content. This involves a placement with an employer during the first year, and participation in a professional IT project during the second year. Also included in our provision is a commitment to developing your professional skills, in order to enhance your employability upon graduation. The FdSc is a two-year programme during which you will study a range of subject areas. The first year will cover: - Web Design and Development - Programming Fundamentals - Internet Technologies and Security - Computer Technology - Numerical Concepts - Information Systems Fundamentals The second year covers: - E-Business - Professional Project - Introduction to Mobile Programming - Advanced Website Development - Scripting Technologies and Web Programming - Information Systems Development - Network Technologies Teaching and Assessment Our specialist teaching staff have hands-on experience of working in IT, and offer expert tuition in cutting-edge labs and classrooms. Assessment is through a mix of assignments, examinations and presentations. As part of the course, you will be required to undertake projects both in groups and individually. A prominent feature of the course is the use of in-course assessment, where modules are assessed by the course teaching team while you complete them. There is also an assessed period of work experience as part of the programme. Career Progression As a computing graduate, the world really is your oyster. You will be equipped with a range of computer skills that are all highly desirable to prospective employers. Moreover, you’ll have experience of working in real-world environments where adaptability and the ability to handle pressure are essential. The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) This is the first stage of the Foundation degree programme and is a nationally recognised award in its own right. Entry Requirements Applicants require a relevant Extended Diploma (MPP), or AS/A2 Levels in related disciplines (minimum 160 points, including 80 points at A2 Level). Alternatively, an Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate will suffice. We also require students to have GCSE English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study. [-]

FdSc Engineering (Automotive Engineering)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

Study Automotive Engineering at Somerset College and you’ll have access to our brand-new, purpose-built facilities. We specialise in engine mapping, advanced diagnostics, vehicle performance enhancement, advanced vehicle technology and hybrid vehicles - and our staff are among the best in the country when it comes to their knowledge and expertise. [+]

Course Description Study Automotive Engineering at Somerset College and you’ll have access to our brand-new, purpose-built facilities. We specialise in engine mapping, advanced diagnostics, vehicle performance enhancement, advanced vehicle technology and hybrid vehicles - and our staff are among the best in the country when it comes to their knowledge and expertise. Thanks to our close working relationship with the automotive industry, our courses provide the perfect preparation for life in the real world, and our students are highly employable. Our focus throughout is on equipping you with practical skills, and you will have a chance to use a wide range of tools, techniques, equipment and software. During the course, you will: - gain a clear understanding of the fundamentals of engineering and the skills required to apply that knowledge effectively - learn how to assess the risks involved in engineering work and quickly gain a thorough understanding of the need to develop and apply safe systems of working - study ECU mapping and programming - study hybrid technology - conduct research into engine power enhancement Modules studied include: - Power Train Technology - Vehicle Technology - Advanced Vehicle Performance Engineering - Engineering Design - Fault Diagnostics and Repair - Instrumentation and Control - Materials - Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Systems - Engineering Science - Mathematics - Automotive Industry Management and Organisation - Organisation Engineering Drawing and CAD - Manufacturing Processes - Project - Engineering Design - Business and Finance In addition, you will have the chance to attend the Autosport and Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham, as well as presentations and lectures held at a number of other institutions. Teaching and Assessment Assessment is by assignments, examinations and presentations. You will be required to complete both individual and group projects. Thanks to our recent investment of £3.5 million in a new Automotive Centre, you will have the chance to work on the very latest equipment in the industry, and make use of Snap-On-Tools. So your skills will be refined, and focused on meeting the needs of potential employers. Progression Opportunities On successful completion of the FdSc course you may be able to progress to one further year of study for the BSc (Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture degree at Plymouth University. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Career Progression This qualification significantly improves your employment prospects in motorsport, the retail motor industry or the road transport sector. Previous graduates have pursued rewarding careers at companies such as Cosworth, Lotus Cars, Honda and VOSA. The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Entry Requirements Applicants need a relevant National Diploma (PPP) or AS/A2 Levels (minimum 120 points, including 80 points at A2 Level). An NVQ Level 3 or CGLI Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Studies will suffice, as will an IMI Level 3 qualification or Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate. We also like students to have GCSE English Language at a minimum of Grade C. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study. [-]

FdSc Engineering (Design & Manufacture)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

With a firm focus on developing practical skills in design and manufacture, this course provides you with the ideal opportunity to get hands-on in your chosen field. You will use a wide range of tools, techniques, equipment and software in addition to laboratory equipment. What’s more, you’ll develop professional aptitudes that enhance your employability upon graduation. [+]

Course Description With a firm focus on developing practical skills in design and manufacture, this course provides you with the ideal opportunity to get hands-on in your chosen field. You will use a wide range of tools, techniques, equipment and software in addition to laboratory equipment. What’s more, you’ll develop professional aptitudes that enhance your employability upon graduation. During this course, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of areas in this diverse sector of engineering. During the first year you will: - Gain a clear understanding of the fundamentals of engineering and the skills required to apply that knowledge effectively. - Learn how to assess the risks involved in practical engineering work and quickly gain a thorough understanding of the need to develop, promote and apply safe systems of working. - Be encouraged to be creative when considering the design process, analytical in how you solve problems and innovative when you are seeking solutions to engineering problems. - Consider your professional and ethical responsibilities and understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. - Gain an awareness of relevant contemporary issues such as sustainability, enterprise and responsible business practices. The course also includes a four-week work placement, helping you to gain experience in the real-world environment of the workplace. In addition, you will have the chance to attend the Autosport and Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham, as well as presentations and lectures held at other institutions. Teaching and Assessment With support from our highly experienced team of tutors, you will gain hands-on experience in our excellent labs and workshops. Assessment is either by assignments, examinations or presentations, and you will also be required to undertake projects both individually and in groups. A feature of the course is the use of in-course modular assessment, meaning your progress will be monitored on an ongoing basis. There is also an assessed compulsory period of work experience in the first year. Progression Opportunities On successful completion of the FdSc course you may be able to progress to one further year of study for a BSc (Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture degree at Plymouth University. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Career Progression You can progress to a range of careers from this Foundation Degree including CNC programming, engineering design, draughtsmanship, product analysis and product development. Employability is central to this course and previous graduates have gone on to work for major international organisations. Entry Requirements You need a relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma (PPP) or A2/AS Levels (minimum 120 points, including 80 points at A2 Level). Alternatively, an NVQ Level 3 or CGLI Level 3 Engineering Studies or Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate will suffice. We also require every student to have passed GCSE English and Mathematics with a minimum of a Grade C. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study. [-]

FdSc Engineering (Electronic Systems)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Taunton

Play your part in the future of global communications by studying for a Foundation Degree in Electronic Systems. This course equips you with all the skills needed to ensure you are at the cutting edge of technology in both electronics and communications. [+]

Course Description Play your part in the future of global communications by studying for a Foundation Degree or HNC in Electronic Systems. This course equips you with all the skills needed to ensure you are at the cutting edge of technology in both electronics and communications. We’ve designed our Foundation Degree to prepare you for a career in both the design and operation elements of the industry. That means you’ll be working on practical projects alongside your theoretical learning, to ensure you develop the right aptitudes for whatever job you choose. The course modules will include: - Mathematics - Electrical Principles 1 - Analogue Electronics - Instrumentation and Measurement - Digital Electronics - Engineering Design - Microprocessor Systems - Quality Assurance - Instrumentation and Control - Business and Finance - Professional Practice and the Workplace - Internet Technologies and Security - Project - Network Technologies In addition, you will take part in a work placement as part of the course, giving you real-world experience of your chosen sector that will enhance your employability. Teaching and Assessment You will be taught and supported by highly experienced and dedicated tutors and gain plenty of hands on experience in our excellent labs and workshops. Assessments will be either by assignment, examination or presentations. You will be required to undertake projects both as a member of working groups and as an individual. All such activities are supported by training in the application and use of computers. A feature of the course is the use of course assessment where each module is assessed by the course teaching team using assignments, case studies, presentations and examinations. There is also an assessed compulsory period of work experience in the first year. Progression Opportunities Alternatively, if you want to continue studying, you may apply to progress to the BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree at Plymouth University. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Career Progression With a Foundation Degree under your belt, you could work as an electronics engineer or professional industry manager. Entry Requirements To apply for this course, you require a relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma (PPP) or Advanced New Diploma (120 points minimum), or AS/A2 Levels (minimum 120 points including 80 points at A2). Alternatively, you may enter the programme with an NVQ Level 3 or CGLI Level 3 Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate. Students are also required to possess a minimum of Grade C in GCSE English Language and Maths. Entry requirements for the HNC are a BTEC National qualification in a relevant subject area or at least one A level and appropriate GCSE at grade C or above. Applicants should be aged 18 or above. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study. [-]