University Course Information Evening

Wed, 30 May 2012

University Course Information Evening: Thursday 21st June, between 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Come along and find out about the University courses available at Tameside College. We have a wide range of full – time and part – time courses available in:

  • PGCE/Certificate in Education (Post- Compulsory Education and Training)
  • BA (Hons) Education and Training
  • BA (Hons) Computer Game Visualisation and Production
  • HND/HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • HND/HNC in Mechanical Engineering
  • Foundation Degree in Teaching Assistance
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice
  • Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching and Fitness Therapy
  • Diploma in Management
  • AAT Accounting Level 4
  • HNC in Construction
  • HNC in Building Services
  • ACCA Fundamentals

University courses are a fantastic investment in your future, with graduates on average earning £12k per year more than non-graduates over their working lifetimes. Graduates are also half as likely to be unemployed, and twice as likely to find work again quickly if they are. Teacher Education student Neil Harrison provides an insight into what it’s like to study on a university course at Tameside College:

Neil began his career as an apprentice joiner in 1986, working his way up to managing a local company in Ashton-under-Lyne, but had always promised himself that he would go into teaching at some point.

So, in 2010 he decided to put all the skills he had learned over the years to use in a different way and enrolled on to Tameside College’s City and Guilds Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 3 course, quickly followed by attendance on the Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Sector programme.

“Stepping out of the world of work and going back into education has given me a real sense of achievement,” Neil explains. “I feel as though I’m now giving something back, which is really rewarding, and it’s been great seeing the progress made, both in myself and those that I’ve been teaching.”

In 2011 Neil began on the Certification in Education and is currently on track to earning qualified teacher status by the end of the year. “Ideally, I’d like to move into post-16 teaching,” he adds. “I’ve had to put in a lot of hard work to get to this stage, but there’s a huge feeling of satisfaction when I look back at what I’ve achieved. I’ve done what I said I would do all those years ago and am looking forward to passing on what I’ve learned to others in the future.”

Part-time and Full-time students are eligible for a student loan from September 2012. Repayments of the loan only start once you find a job and earn over £21,000 a year. The amount you pay each month will depend on how much more than £21,000 you earn.

Once earning over £21,000 you will pay 9% of the difference between your wage and £21,000 per year. For example, if you start earning £25,000, you’ll only be paying back at a rate of around £1 a day, which is less than a cup of coffee!

£25,000 (the amount you earn) minus £21,000 = £4,000
9% of £4000 = £360
£360 over 12 months = less than £1 a day!

If you have any questions regarding the Information Evening or University courses contact our Student Services Team on 0161 908 6789.

Paul Champion

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Twitter: @blogapprentice
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