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After A Level - ​Emergency planning among options post A level from Buxton and Leek College

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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A new degree course in emergency planning is among the higher education options on offer at Buxton & Leek College. 

Unique to the North West region, the new Foundation Degree in Public Safety, Disaster Management and Resilience has places still available for A level students with a minimum 160 UCAS points. Taught at the Buxton campus, the two-year course, which will start in January 2015, will offer a module in volunteering and a chance to work overseas.

Course leader Anne Brown said: “It’s real cutting edge stuff because threats to public safety are continually changing and many big corporations are now employing people to manage these threats.

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“We will be looking at everything from climate change to epidemics and cyber threats and examining how systems work in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The aim is to develop the skills needed to become an emergency planning manager and students who have completed the course should be highly employable not just locally but globally.”

Foundation Degrees in Creative Art and Design, Early Childhood Studies, Education and Computing are still open to applications for September 2014 starts. Buxton & Leek College also offer both HNC and HND courses in Business and Management as well as HNC training in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Additionally, starting in September 2014, students will also be able to study the Certificate in Education and the Post Graduate Certificate in Education for Post 14 Teaching –ideal courses for those wanting to teach in a Further Education College.

Thanks to the College’s status as part of the University of Derby, it is able to offer degree level qualifications which combine academic study with workplace learning. Students in and around Buxton and Leek don’t need to travel to a city or beyond for Higher Education.

Foundation Degrees are designed in association with employers and focus on a particular job or profession while both Higher National Certificates and Diplomas are widely recognised qualifications which equip employees with the knowledge and skills required for success.

Buxton & Leek College offers some of the lowest priced Higher Education courses in the region offering learners affordable education locally and learners can still apply direct to the College to start in September 2014.To apply or find out more call 0800 074 0099 or visit www.blc.ac.uk

Buxton & Leek College is part of the University of Derby group. It was formed in August 2012, following the merger of Leek College and the University of Derby’s Buxton College and provides a comprehensive, high-quality further education and training service to students of all ages and abilities from Leek, Buxton and the surrounding areas. In the first Ofsted inspection since the merger, Buxton & Leek College was graded as ‘good’ in all aspects – the best inspection result for either of the pre-merged Colleges in over 15 years. In the latest success rates for 16-18 year olds, Buxton & Leek College has the highest success rates in the region

(88%). The College boasts industry standard facilities including a Fine Dining Restaurant and Kitchens, Hair & Beauty Salons, Leek School of Art and the £1m Skillsbase Training Centre, for Motor Vehicle and Logistics, which give students real-world experience to prepare them for their careers.

The University of Derby achieved University status in 1992 and is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas. Professor John Coyne has been Vice-Chancellor since 2004.

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