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Edinburgh College Schools Bulletin - March 2017
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Our March Bulletin highlights key dates for all teachers, pupils and parents over the coming months and  further details on how Edinburgh College can support your pupils in making their choices for the Senior Phase and beyond.

We would also like to welcome you to a schools briefing event on 21 April 2017 to give you more information on college transition programmes, review of SCP application process and new opportunities and initiatives. More details on the briefing event will be issued in the coming days.

This bulletin contains details on the following:  

  • Key Event Dates and Application Deadlines
  • June Transition Programme for SCP pupils
  • SCP Brochure & Quick Guides
  • Foundation Apprenticeships – 2 New Courses Added
  • Academy Programmes –Changes to Qualifications
  • STEM P7 Inspiration Experience 
  • Glow Festival 2017
APPLICATION DATES

3 April 2017
Part-time courses open for application (excludes highers and National 5s)
 
28 April 2017
Application Deadline for all SCP Courses including Foundation Apprenticeships

8 August 2017
Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses open for application (change from previous 5 June date). All pupils who meet entry requirements will be guaranteed a place on a Higher/National 5 course of their choice starting in August 2017. Course fees apply and are payable on application.

Full-time courses starting in August 2017 are open for application. Please visit our website for details on courses available, funding, student support and accommodation. 

EVENTS

21 April 2017
Schools Briefing Event 
Briefing event for all schools on college transition programmes, review of SCP application process and new opportunities and initiatives. More details will be issued shortly. 
 
6 / 8 / 13 / 15 / 20 / 22 / 27 / 29 June 2017
SCP Transition Programme (4 weeks)
All campuses
Tuesday/Thursday PM
All pupils who have applied for 2017/18 SCP courses are invited to attend the campus where they will study next year, on the above dates.  The transition programme provides an introduction to college and supports development of essential study skills to smooth the transition into college learning.

13 June 2017
Information Day 
Sighthill Campus
4-7pm
Curriculum teams will be on hand to discuss full time courses starting in August 2017 with places remaining and part time study options. Support with applications and funding information will also be available.
 
10 August 2017
Course Drop In Surgery
Granton
12 -4pm
Final places available for courses starting in August 2017 following SQA exam results.  Application support and funding information will also be available.

If you wish to arrange a campus tour or meeting with our schools/curriculum teams please contact schools@edinburghcollege.ac.uk
 
Brochure for Parents & Pupils
Our schools team have been delivering copies of our NEW SCP course guide for distribution to senior phase pupils and parents.  If you have not yet received these or require further supplies, please e-mail schools@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.  And electronic copy of the brochure is available here College Courses for Senior Phase Pupils (S4-S6) Brochure *Please note class timings may be subject to alteration.

Quick Guide Wall Charts for Teachers
We have also created 2 quick reference wall charts to assist with course selection:
  • College Courses for Senior Phase Pupils (S4-S6) Pull Out
  • Full-time Courses 2017/18 Pull Out 
Wall charts will be distributed shortly. If you require further copies please email schools@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Two further  Foundation Apprenticeships have been added to the portfolio starting in August 2017.  To register interest please complete the attached form and e-mail to schools@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.

Social Services Children and Young People NEW
Creative and Digital Media NEW

Civil Engineering
Engineering
Financial Services
Social Services and Healthcare
ICT Software
Business Skills

The deadline for Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) applications is 5 May 2017. 

Applications should be made via guidance teachers. Please download the Foundation Apprenticeships Expression of Interest Form. Or apply using the SCP Application Form

For more information on Foundation Apprenticeships please visit our website or contact schools@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

SESAP Acadmies
This year changes have been introduced into two of the programme areas with the introduction of 1 year NPA programmes which widens access to both S5 and S6 pupils.
 
Hospitality & Tourism SESAP Academy
Two new routes will be offered from August 2017: 
  • Events with Hospitality – NPA SCQF Level 6
  • Travel and Tourism – NPA SCQF Level 6
Either of these NPAs can be used in lieu of 1 Higher to gain entry to a relevant degree programme at Queen Margaret University.
For further information email Jennifer Bingham at  jbingham@qmu.ac.uk  

Creative Industries SESAP Academy
Two different new routes will now be offered from August 2017:
  • Film and Media – NPA SCQF Level 6
  • Acting & Performance and Professional Theatre Preparation - NPA SCQF Level 6
Either of these NPAs can be used in lieu of 1 Higher to gain entry to a relevant degree programme at Queen Margaret University.
For further information email Sandra Grieve at  sgrieve@qmu.ac.uk  
 
In March, we successfully completed our first P7 STEM Inspiration Experience pilot project which saw 220 pupils from 9 primary schools within the Ross High cluster successfully complete an introduction to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths). 

The STEM Inspiration Experience is a new and exciting initiative which is the first phase of a transition project offered by  Edinburgh College.  Pupils experience STEM technology through a series of fun and practical workshops delivered by lecturers at Midlothian Campus along with a STEM activity work book for completion in school.  A STEM Inspiration Experience certificate will be awarded to each participating pupil.

The project involves attendance at College for one full day, arriving at 9.30 am and departing at 3pm. Pupils have the added benefit of meeting and working with other pupils in their High School Cluster.
To find out more about the STEM P7 Inspiration Experience for your cluster schools please  e-mail STEM@edinburghcollege.ac.uk or call Deborah Robertson on 07977049205.

Watch our video of the STEM P7 Inspiration Experience here
Every year, during May and June, Edinburgh College’s creative students deliver their end of year, Glow Festival with over twenty events taking palce across the city.

CROSS CURRENTS 2017 - SCHOOLS MATINEE PERFORMANCE
 
We are also delighted to be able to offer a special opportunity for all schools across, Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian to attend our Cross Currents Matinee Dance Show - a unique choreographic collaboration of energy and creativity.

Friday 16 June 2017
2pm
The Kings Theatre

School Groups: 10 tickets for £3.50 each, 1 Teacher free
 
Afree dance workshop is also available to any schools who purchase 10 tickets or more, please contact dance@edinburghcollege.co.uk to reserve now.

If you have received this bulletin on behalf of your school and are no longer the correct person to receive this, please let us know who should receive this or if you have anyone you wish to have added to the circulation list, please email us at Diane.Gordon@edinburghcollege.ac.uk
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