New courses for 2019/20

College News and Communications
Friday, 09 August 2019 09:32


We have brand new courses for the next academic year. Whether you’re returning to education, have your sights set on going to university, or you’re wanting to enhance your career opportunities, there’s plenty of choice.

Download or view our full course listing here.

With 8 campuses across the city, all within easy reach, we’re right on your doorstep – your friendly local college!

For enrolment dates and more information about enrolment, click here.

New courses starting this September:

Business and Finance

eSports Business, Industry and Tourism Level 3

According to British eSports Association, average salary for professional eSports event managers can range from £16,000 to around £30,000 depending on the company.

We are only the third college in the UK to offer this course. The course has been designed to support this rapidly growing international industry. Industry employers have identified a consequent expansion of job roles and a skills gap which needs to be filled if the UK is to position itself as a leading eSports hub. eSports and in particular live tournament events offer huge opportunities across the UK in job creation and new skills development.

Forensic Accounting Level 3

Recent labour market information says you can earn on average between £24,000 and £68,000 a year as a forensic accountant in the UK.

Forensic accountancy is where finance meets fraud and the shadowy world of crime. Forensic accountants conduct investigations, analyse a range of sources and look at detail. This is a growth area and an in-demand specialism, with clear progression to employment or further education.


Foundation Degree in Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic & Robotic Engineering pathways)

You can earn £20,000 - £60,000 a year on average as an electrical engineer in the UK.

The core academic disciplines are Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) and Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering. These address a regional core skills gap, and will include development of quantitative, digital, knowledge transfer, wellbeing, personal development, problem solving, creativity, reflection and employability skills.

Fashion and Textiles

Fashion Design Studio Assistant with Styling and Visual Communication Level 3

Design assistants annual salary can start at around £16,000 to £18,000.

A design studio specialist assists the designer on a day-to-day basis with a variety of tasks. Our course focuses on the art of styling and presenting fashion through an artistic, contemporary narrative. You will develop and define your style as a visual merchandiser and fashion stylist through innovative projects and creative collaboration opportunities with industry practitioners; such as photoshoots and styling for editorial content.

Garment Design Technology Level 3

A junior designer can expect to earn approximately £25,000 a year.

The UK fashion industry uses the latest CAD/CAM computer technologies to compete in the global fashion industry; these technologies include visualising garments, accessories and fabrics as well as pattern drafting and grading systems. This course will give you a clear understanding of how to study and train for key roles in the fashion garment technology industry.


Cisco Essentials Level 3

Salaries at entry level can start at around £19,000 to £20,000. With experience, you can expect to earn around £35,000 to £55,000 plus.

Cisco Essentials covers building and connecting a network secure computer. You will also develop and enhance IT networking skills which will enable you to troubleshoot.

Computer Science incorporating AI and Robotics Level 1

The average permanent salary for Computer Science jobs in West Midlands is £42,500.

You will investigate some of the ways robotics are used within industry as well as how robotics and artificial intelligence could be used in the future.

Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Level 2

Typical starting salaries for forensic computer analysts range from £21,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience, you can earn £30,000 to £45,000 a year.

This course is ideal if you are interested in working in the growing industry related to cyber security and also if you are interested in general employment involving IT, networking professions, infrastructure management and data management.

Media and Photography

Media and Visual Communication Level 3

Multimedia specialist salaries range from £21,000 to £24,000, rising to £28,000 with experience.

This course is perfect for anyone who would like to work in the media. You will learn camera operation, digital video editing, photography, page layout and design, audio production and presentation techniques. You will get experience of using a radio station, as well as other exciting digital software such as a green screen.

Media and Photography Level 2

An experienced drone pilot can earn over £65,000 per year.

This course is designed for those who wish to explore both media and photography practice. You will learn how to operate DSLR cameras for moving and still image, edit video and photography and also operate a drone to enhance video and digital image production.

Photography, Graphics and Drone Technology Level 3

An experienced drone pilot can earn over £65,000 per year.

This is a specialist course designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills for a career in photography, graphics and visual communication. You will learn about the advances of drone technology for digital imaging, the full range of digital camera controls and a variety of photography disciplines such as landscape, still life and portraiture.

Award in Photography Level 2 (evening course)

In full-time employment, early career salaries are typically between £16,000 and £22,000. Salaries can increase to anywhere from £25,000 to £65,000.

You will learn about the digital camera, develop your technical and creative skills and study the work of famous photographers. You will be introduced to different aspects of photography and software such as Adobe's Photoshop and Lightroom to edit your pictures.


Music Event Production and Management Level 3

The BBC employs producers on its music programmes and live events. An entry level salary for this kind of role ranges from approximately £18,000 to £25,000.
This is a very practical course, designed for those looking for progression onto higher education or a successful career in music production, studio engineering or live sound. You’ll develop practical music production skills and techniques, through MIDI and audio sequencing, studio recording and live sound modules.

Music Production Level 2 (evening course)

A sound technician in an established studio, or in television and radio, can expect a starting salary in the region of £17,000 to £19,000. With experience, salaries can rise upwards of £30,000.

This short course will introduce you to a broad range of music production skills. You will be able to understand the development and delivery of music production techniques and be equipped with skills to kick-start your music career. You will study a variety of areas which include music sequencing, remixing and production, music arranging, critical listening and studio mixing.

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