5 Films & Games You Didn’t Know Were Made by NextGen Contributors

Nowadays, incredibly detailed and realistic visual effects and CGI are commonplace in films, video games and even on TV, but have you ever stopped to wonder who is actually behind these stunning effects?

Let us introduce you to some of the biggest and best VFX companies in the business!

Company: Framestore

You might have seen their work in… Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is one of the highest grossing films of 2017, raking in $146,510,104 on its opening weekend. As it’s an action film set in outer space, it figures that VFX features heavily throughout.

The team from visual effects company, Framestore, were responsible for creating the look and animation of Rocket (the wise-cracking raccoon) and his sidekick, Baby Groot, as well as leading on the creation of “the best opening sequence in the world” (or so it said in the script!).

You can read more about exactly what Framestore got up to on this blockbuster here.

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Company: The Imaginarium Studios

You might have seen their work in… Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier

Due for release in just a couple of weeks, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is a cinematic adventure game of conquest, betrayal and survival. Players will drive the fortunes of an ape troop and band of human survivors as their two paths cross.

The Imaginarium Studios is a UK-based production company founded by actor Andy Serkis (you might know him as Smeagol/Gollum from Lord of the Rings!), who specialise in using Performance Capture technology to create believable and emotionally engaging characters. As a result, the visual effects in this game give the ape characters an incredibly lifelike quality that makes the game all that more realistic!

Get a sneaky preview of the game here.

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Company: Blue Zoo

You might have seen their work in… LEGO Batman

Ok, ok, you got us, this one technically isn’t a film! Animation specialists Blue Zoo worked on a series of animated commercials for Cartoon Network to promote the LEGO Batman film.

They specialise in animation and do a lot of work in kids TV. They also have a commercial arm, so if you’ve seen the recent TV ad for Just Eat, you’ve seen their animation expertise at work!

That’s just the tip of the iceberg though, find out more about Blue Zoo here.

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Company: Centroid Motion Capture

You might have seen their work in… Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Based at Pinewood Studios, Centroid are experts in motion capture – the art of recording a real life actor or object in motion, and then transposing that into a digital format.

Centroid have had a hand in a list of projects as long as your arm, but one that stands out is helping to capture the movements for the various stunts and physical movement in the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

There’s more to Centroid’s work than mermaid tails and pirate ships though, check out their portfolio here.

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Company: Double Negative

You might have seen their work in… Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Double Negative is one of the world’s largest providers of visual effects, with branches in London, Mumbai and Vancouver.

The company has worked on some huge films (The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2, Inception, to name a few!) and have won a host of awards for their work, including Academy Awards. They even won a BAFTA for their input on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, so it makes sense that they were approached to work on the HP spin-off, which relies heavily on visual effects to bring the wizarding world and its fantastic beasts to life.

You can check out their showreel here.

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Fancy working for one of these companies one day? All of the companies listed here have fed into the content for our NextGen Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills – find out more here.

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We answer all your questions about graduation at The Sheffield College!

On Friday (27th), we’ll be back at Sheffield Cathedral to celebrate the hard work of our graduating university level students. The hard work has paid off, degrees are in the bag and now it’s all about them. It’s their day and we’re doing it in style – you can follow the day on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts!

If you didn’t know that The Sheffield College offer university level courses before, you definitely do now! Graduation at Sheffield Cathedral, smaller class sizes and less debt when you do graduate; what’s not to like? Click here to find out more…

So that the day passes without a hitch, here’s the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received.

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  1. What time do I need to arrive for Graduation?

Graduands and guests can arrive to collect their robes between 11:15am and 12:30pm. Please don’t arrive before 11:15 as you won’t be able to collect your gown and may end up waiting around!

  1. What time can my guests start to arrive?

Your guests can arrive at the Cathedral with you, any time after 11:15am. You’ll need to be seated and ready to graduate by 1:45pm, and your guests should be in place by 2pm.

  1. Where do I collect my cap and gown from?

Ede & Ravenscroft will have a robing area set up within the Cathedral.  There will be members of college staff (wearing orange lanyards) and helpers on hand to show you where to go.

  1. Can I leave the Cathedral in my robes before the ceremony?

Absolutely! You’re welcome to leave the Cathedral wearing your cap and gown for lunch or photo opportunities (keep an eye out for our Graduation Snapchat filter!), just make sure you’re back at the Cathedral by 1pm so you’ve got time to get seated before the ceremony starts.

  1. Will there be time to eat lunch beforehand and where can I eat?

You should have plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before the ceremony. The Cathedral has a café on site or there’s plenty of places nearby (Blue Moon Café/Wig & Pen/Café Piazza) where you can get a coffee or lunch before the graduation starts.

  1. Can I bring additional guests I didn’t plan for?

Capacity at the Cathedral is limited so unfortunately any guests without a ticket won’t be able to enter the Cathedral for the ceremony, but there will be loads of opportunities for photos and celebrations with all your guest before the ceremony.

  1. Will I be seated with my guests?

No – all of the Graduands sit together in their course groups (you’ll be shown to your seat by a member of college staff!) whilst your guests will sit behind the Graduands  with a great view of you crossing the stage!

  1. Is there disabled access?

The Cathedral is an accessible building, however if you or your guests have any specific access requirements that you haven’t already made us aware of, let us know as soon as possible.

  1. How will I know what to do during the ceremony?

Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as you might think! Once you’re seated, a member of College staff will guide you up to the side of the stage in your course group (along with your course tutor), and from there you’ll be called up individually to be congratulated and receive your scroll.

  1. When will I receive my certificate?

It’s a little known fact that the scroll you receive on stage, and pose with for your photos, isn’t actually your official certificate! It’s just a prop representing your ‘graduate papers’, your full transcript and certificate will be sent out separately through the post.

Good luck, have a great day and be sure to keep up to date with our social media content on the day!

If you’re thinking of studying a university course, like the idea of graduating at Sheffield Cathedral and less debt than if you studied at university, you can check out our degree courses by clicking here! 

We answer all your questions about graduation at The Sheffield College!

On Friday (27th), we’ll be back at Sheffield Cathedral to celebrate the hard work of our graduating university level students. The hard work has paid off, degrees are in the bag and now it’s all about them. It’s their day and we’re doing it in style – you can follow the day on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts!

So that the day passes without a hitch, here’s the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions you’ve been asking.

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  1. What time do I need to arrive for Graduation?

Graduands and guests can arrive to collect their robes between 11:15am and 12:30pm. Please don’t arrive before 11:15 as you won’t be able to collect your gown and may end up waiting around!

  1. What time can my guests start to arrive?

Your guests can arrive at the Cathedral with you, any time after 11:15am. You’ll need to be seated and ready to graduate by 1:45pm, and your guests should be in place by 2pm.

  1. Where do I collect my cap and gown from?

Ede & Ravenscroft will have a robing area set up within the Cathedral.  There will be members of college staff (wearing orange lanyards) and helpers on hand to show you where to go.

  1. Can I leave the Cathedral in my robes before the ceremony?

Absolutely! You’re welcome to leave the Cathedral wearing your cap and gown for lunch or photo opportunities (keep an eye out for our Graduation Snapchat filter!), just make sure you’re back at the Cathedral by 1pm so you’ve got time to get seated before the ceremony starts.

  1. Will there be time to eat lunch beforehand and where can I eat?

You should have plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before the ceremony. The Cathedral has a café on site or there’s plenty of places nearby (Blue Moon Café/Wig & Pen/Café Piazza) where you can get a coffee or lunch before the graduation starts.

  1. Can I bring additional guests I didn’t plan for?

Capacity at the Cathedral is limited so unfortunately any guests without a ticket won’t be able to enter the Cathedral for the ceremony, but there will be loads of opportunities for photos and celebrations with all your guest before the ceremony.

  1. Will I be seated with my guests?

No – all of the Graduands sit together in their course groups (you’ll be shown to your seat by a member of college staff!) whilst your guests will sit behind the Graduands  with a great view of you crossing the stage!

  1. Is there disabled access?

The Cathedral is an accessible building, however if you or your guests have any specific access requirements that you haven’t already made us aware of, let us know as soon as possible.

  1. How will I know what to do during the ceremony?

Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as you might think! Once you’re seated, a member of College staff will guide you up to the side of the stage in your course group (along with your course tutor), and from there you’ll be called up individually to be congratulated and receive your scroll.

  1. When will I receive my certificate?

It’s a little known fact that the scroll you receive on stage, and pose with for your photos, isn’t actually your official certificate! It’s just a prop representing your ‘graduate papers’, your full transcript and certificate will be sent out separately through the post.

Most importantly, though, be sure to have a top day. We’ll be there to take loads of photos and cover the day on our social media channels. Get following to keep up to date!

Apprenticeships: The Facts!

Different methods of learning suit different people. That’s not to say one route is better than the other, they’re just different.

Apprenticeships have previously suffered misconceptions that they are only in certain vocational and manual industries. That’s certainly not the case as the government has supported growth and an increase in quality of Apprenticeships to reach their aim of 3 million new Apprentices by 2020.

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The amount of people doing an Apprenticeship stands at record levels with around 900,000 currently being funded. Simply put, there have never been more apprentices across the country and in Sheffield helping to drive the economy whilst gaining skills, experience and earning a wage.

Who can blame them, though, with the impact they are having and the benefits they bring:

  • 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship; 97% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 (89%) apprentices were satisfied with their apprenticeship overall, and nearly three quarters (72%) were very satisfied
  • Over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training
  • 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer after completing their qualification.
  • On average, individuals who have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with Level 2 qualifications
  • Higher apprentices could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime compared to those with level 3 vocational qualifications
  • 36% of higher apprentices report getting a promotion after completing their apprenticeship
  • More than 2,600 employers were involved in the design of the new Apprenticeship standards. This means that they are now more geared to equipping the Apprentice with the exact skills needed to make it in their chosen industry
  • The Sheffield College usually have around 120 live vacancies at any one time, with 25 to 30 new vacancies added each month across more than 60 different frameworks/standards

With Apprenticeships in 15 different sectors at The Sheffield College (and not just the traditional sectors) and nearly 100 different frameworks/standards for job titles, there genuinely has never been a better time to start your career as an Apprentice!

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Think an Apprenticeship might be for you?

Check out our current live vacancies by clicking here or alternatively get in touch with our Apprenticeship recruitment team, Job Connect, by emailing jobconnect@sheffcol.ac.uk or give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 for more information today!

Why choose to work in farming?

We love Whirlow Hall Farm at The Sheffield College, so maybe it should come as no surprise to you that we’ve decided to put on a course in partnership with them.

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to you either that we’re tapping into their expertise running an Agriculture course where, as part of your training, you get to spend a day a week putting your new skills into practise down on the farm!

Click here to view The Sheffield College’s Agriculture courses.

This article below from the BBC gives you some pretty solid reasons as to why life down on the farm might just be for you! 

1) YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM SCHOOL SUBJECTS

WILL: When I left school I had no idea what I wanted to do. I wanted to break away from any subject that was related to school so I went to agricultural college.

I fancied myself being a property developer so after college I went to do an HND in property and surveying. But being at university was a culture shock and I dropped out after a year. I then became a trainee salesman with a tractor manufacturer but really struggled with that.

I wanted to do something different other than farming but after trying various things and not really settling I thought “maybe I’ll have a go at farming and see how I get on with that”. It was the one thing I tried that I thought “actually this is something I could be good at”.

EMILIE: I’ve always been interested in animals. After school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew it was along the lines of working with animals. I’m from Gloucestershire and I did my A-Levels at Hartpury College which also runs agricultural courses. While I was there I worked on the college’s farm and at its vet practice. I thought about studying zoology.

2) YOU WANT TO SEE THE WORLD

EMILIE: Every country farms, everyone needs to eat. Agriculture can take you anywhere and everywhere. You can explore the world and through agriculture you can learn more about places because farming is a way of life.

I’m not from a farming background at all. I got the bug for it from doing it in New Zealand in my gap year. I did WWOOF-ing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) on four different farms, one of which was a dairy farm. When I came home I went back to Hartpury College and did a foundation degree in agricultural business management.

In 2015 my fiancé James Wilson worked for a big seed production company in Canada for a season which he really enjoyed. I was working on a Cotswold outdoor organic pig farm and James was a self-employed contractor but in April 2016 we decided to move to Canada.

I am a bit of a free spirit, I like to go to different places. We both miss our family but from what we have achieved in a year here, I think we’ve done really well for ourselves. We were doing well in the UK but we wanted that extra step of the possibility of us having our own farm.

3) YOU DON’T WANT TO BE IN AN OFFICE (and you don’t want to wear a suit!)

EMILIE: I didn’t think it was enjoyable to get up at 04:00, but it is! When you are up that early to milk the cows you see the sunrises, you see the wildlife. You feel in touch with your surroundings. And you can go back to bed at 08:00!

WILL: At harvest it can be lovely sunny weather and you are at work in shorts and a t-shirt. You can’t beat those moments when the sun starts to go down, the wind drops and the dust coming off the combine sits across the field like mist. It’s sort of like a ghost. It’s magical.

4) YOU LIKE TO KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN

WILL: Being a farmer is a lot more varied work than I think people imagine. Every day is different and you take the rubbish jobs with the good jobs. Sometimes I am sweeping the floor or unblocking a drain but I also get to drive a combine harvester and make things that I need out of what I can find and a bit of welding, which is really satisfying.

It is so easy to get a degree nowadays and once you have one you probably want to aim for an office job or a supervisory role. The trouble with agriculture is you have to start from the bottom.

EMILIE: Agriculture is such a vast industry you can do anything within it. I’ve gone from looking after pigs in the Cotswolds to managing people’s accounts for their farms in Canada. I don’t think there is another industry that gives you so much choice.

When James left college he started his own business fixing agricultural machinery but that didn’t work out so he became a self-employed contractor. He is now managing a 13,000-acre arable farm in Canada.

The farmers here are not as up-to-date on integrated technology as in the UK. James has implemented technology for yield mapping and building a database of the condition of the fields. They have bought iPads for the tractors. His employer is impressed with the knowledge he has brought from the UK.

With technology progressing in agriculture, young people who are tech-savvy can really contribute to farms and make them excel.

5) YOU WANT TO FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH

WILL: In farming there’s no really right or wrong way of doing things, even though all farmers are trying to achieve the same thing. We’re all weighing up risks and making decisions. For example, when you need to spray a field, you’re deciding when to do it, considering lots of factors but at some point you have bite the bullet and go off and do it.

Getting away from your comfort zone challenges you and makes you look inside yourself and ask yourself what you really want to do.
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When you are making decisions about your farm, there is no one there to criticise you or tell you what to do. Every decision can have a big impact on the business. It is not easy and you don’t know if it’s going to work or not. You are doing it entirely yourself and off your own back. And when something does go wrong there is no one to tell you off except yourself! But even if it doesn’t work you have learned from it. That’s how you learn in this job. Not by reading but by actually doing.

EMILIE: The main problem for young farmers is money. Our goal is to own land and farm it ourselves but with the price of land in the UK we couldn’t afford to do it. We were renting and there were lots of other costs which meant we couldn’t save to buy something ourselves.

I loved my job with the pigs but we wanted to see if we could get a bit further. The prospects in Canada are much greater in terms of the price of land. And out here they do specific young farmers loans, which I never came across in the UK.

There are so many more opportunities for young farmers to get really good specialist degrees and get good jobs but we want to do it for ourselves and not being born into farm-owning families it makes it harder for us.

If we really tried we could have made it work in the UK but it is a bit easier here in Canada. Not to say we wouldn’t ever go back and farm in the UK. But right now we would have to work for other people and we really want to set up our own farm.

6) YOU WANT TO SEE THE RESULTS OF YOUR WORK

WILL: For years and years I have been fanatical about harvest, ever since I was a toddler. It has always been a highlight of my year. I understood you have to put in a lot of hard work before you can combine your field of wheat. That excited me – the challenge of having to do all the things to get a field of wheat.

Emilie’s fiancé James Wilson manages a 13,000-acre farm in Canada

Harvest is the pay-off. Throughout the whole year you are quietly working away and then harvest comes. It gets everybody out to do their bit. You have got this contraption which sits in the shed, the combine-harvester, and you finally get to use it.

You don’t go into farming to make money. It was the lifestyle that drew me to farming. You have got this responsibility of being a caretaker. It is your job to look after the farm so that one day when you hand it over you are passing on a viable business.

You do get a lot of knocks in this job and sometimes you think “why the hell am I doing this?” Margins are tighter, the cost of fuel… There is no such thing as a satisfied farmer but no one is forcing us to do it and we all carry on doing it – it’s our way of life.

EMILIE: We love our animals – they are part of the family, every farmer will say they love their animals. You get up to check that all of them are OK. You see calves being born and you give that animal care for the whole of its life. It is really satisfying. It is a positive job.

There’s always hardship and things that are challenging like injuries and disease. But when you can stand in a field and look at your herd of cows and you can see you’re doing a good job – it feels great. You take pride in what you do.

 

For more information about agriculture courses at The Sheffield College, please click here, give us a call on 0114 260 2600 or email info@sheffcol.ac.uk

10 Essential Items Every Student Needs!

As a student, what do you need? Like really, what are the must haves. The essentials, the things that you can’t live without. The things that you will, at some point, succumb and buy anyway. We’ve clubbed together some ideas for embracing the student life without leaving yourself short.

Headphones

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An absolute essential. Probably the most important thing going. Everybody knows that libraries are supposed to be a safe haven from noise and distraction, but when have students ever followed the rules? A pair of headphones will keep you zoned in and out the pub!

House insurance

One of our ‘responsible grown-up’ shouts, this. House insurance will cover your possessions from theft and damage from dodgy boilers. It only costs a couple of quid but with so many gadgets in the house it’s really important to get it sorted as Landlord’s Insurance won’t cover you.

Extension Cable

Plug sockets are unusually hard to find in student accommodation. No idea why, but you’re going to find there aren’t enough to charge your phone, your laptop, run your printer and power your tele all in one go. Just make sure you get one that’s safe!

Railcard/NUS Extra Card

Discount cards in general are going to be a blessing whilst you are at university. Use them as much as possible, for as many things as possible. From knocking a third off your train fare to eating out with a chunky discount, these cards are designed to allow students to afford a realistic lifestyle.

Find out more about the benefits of an NUS extra card here.

If you’re still unsure about what to study this September, we have a number of courses available through Clearing including

Health & Social Care HNC FdSc Sport and Exercise Coaching  FdA Photography
Environmental Conservation HNC FdSc Bakery and Patisserie Technology Animal Management HND
Manufacturing Engineering HNC Computing HNC Creative Media Production (Computer Games Design) (Top-up)
Public Services: Policing Studies FDA BA Business Management (top up) FdA Business Leadership and Management 
BA Event Management (top up) Sport Management (top up)  Media Makeup Artistry
FdA Media Production BA (Hons) Music Performance & Production

Kitchen ‘stuff’

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We’ve lumped all this under one heading. You’re going to need a lot. Think about sorting:

  • Cutlery and utensils including bits like tongs, a colander and cheese grater
  • Pans, frying pans, wok
  • Baking tray
  • Knives
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Washing up liquid

Laptop

Speaks for itself these days. From watching tele in bed to cracking on with some work because the library is full, your laptop is going to feel like an additional limb whilst at university. If you’ve not got one, make sure you use our £500 IT voucher for exactly that!

Lamp

You’ll probably find that upon moving out, into student halls, wherever, there will be a complete lack of ambient lighting. Mood lighting. Get yourself a lamp. They’re good for working in and keep the leccy bills down.

Bedroom stuff

Another category of stuff lumped under one heading due to the vastness of bits you’ll need for your bedroom. Make sure you’ve got a duvet, a full bed set and mattress protector for extra comfort! On top of that, we’re talking home comforts. Photos, candles, nice bits and pieces to help set the tone.

Going out shoes that you don’t mind ruining

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If you’re going to be out on the beers, invest in a pair of respectable shoes whose sole responsibility is to absorb the pain, anguish and grime of the bars, pubs and club floors in Sheffield. File this one under ‘wise-investment’.

Emergency Vodka

Ok, not an essential and very tongue in cheek but might be handy in case of emergency, obviously, just make sure you always drink responsibly, really obviously!

To find out more about The Sheffield College’s University Level offer, please click here, give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 or email info@sheffcol.ac.uk

New GCSE Grade Boundaries Explained!

As GCSE results come out, somethings won’t have changed. Nerves and anxiety will remain, as will the brown envelopes they’ll no doubt be handed out in. This year, however, you’ll notice that some results are displayed differently.

Yes, this is the first year that the new GCSE grading system begins to be phased in as part of the new curriculum introduced in 2014 which also saw a change to courses depending almost exclusively on exams as opposed to coursework. To avoid any kind of confusion, let us explain the changes…

What is the change?

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Aside from the aforementioned change with regards to the testing for the grades, the actual change to the grading system does away with the A* to G scale that many of you will be used to.

Instead, GCSE courses will now be graded on a scale from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest).

There’s still time to apply for courses at The Sheffield College. Click here to view them all!

How do the grading systems compare?

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They don’t. Both systems are completely separate to each other and shouldn’t be directly compared.

But it’s not as simple as that. There will, naturally, need to be a rough comparison. For parents, for students and for schools and colleges. So how do they roughly equate?

A grade 4 roughly equates to a grade C in the old system with a grade four being seen as a “standard pass” and a grade five as a “strong pass”.

Here’s a bit of a guide, but remember, it is just a guide!

1 G

F

E

2
3 D
4  

C

B

5
6
7 A

 

A*

8
9

When are the changes taking place?

Changes have started to be phased in but won’t happen all in one go unfortunately.

The first change is for English Language, English Literature and Maths which is being introduced this year.

In 2018 changes will be made to most other subjects, including biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, French, Spanish, religious education, geography, music and history.

Psychology, ancient history, business, information and communications technology (ICT) and media studies will complete the set in 2019.

Looking to start an Apprenticeship this summer? Check out our live vacancies and get started today!

So, there will be two grading systems in place this year?

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Yes.

So to clarify, results this year for English Language, English Literature and Maths will be graded on the 9-1 scale. All other grades will be in the old A*-G system.

Still confused?

Don’t worry if there’s still a bit of confusion around the grading. We’ve been getting our heads around it too!

If you have any questions about the new grading system, whether you’ve been accepted on a course or Apprenticeship at The Sheffield College or whether you still can apply to us, there will be a member of staff from The Sheffield College on hand to help you with all of this on the day!

And lastly, good luck all!!

If you have any questions about GCSE results, including what they can lead to, please get in touch on 0114 260 2600, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or visit www.sheffcol.ac.uk

A Level Results Day 2017 – What Happens If I Don’t Get The Results I Want?

A Level Results Day stirs the same emotions year on year; nerves, angst and restlessness. You’ve studied the course, put the work in and taken the exam. The waiting is horrible but, whatever your grades, it’s not the be all and end all. This is the start. The start of your next step with the college.

When do I get my results?

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Results come out on Thursday 17th August 2017. If you studied your A Levels with us, they will be collectable from our Hillsborough campus from 7a.m. If you didn’t study with us please check with your provider what time you will be able to collect from.

If you can’t wait until it’s time to collect your results, your UCAS track portal can update from any time after midnight and, whilst you won’t get your results online, you will find out if you’ve been accepted on to one of our courses.

But if things don’t quite go your way, these are your next steps…

You may still get in!

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Regardless of your A Level results, make sure you still check your UCAS track portal as you still may have been accepted on the course with us if your results aren’t a million miles away.

If your course choices at The Sheffield College are showing as unsuccessful, don’t abandon all hope just yet. If you haven’t met the conditions of the offer, please give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 and ask to speak to the University Centre. We’ll have people on hand throughout results day, and the rest of the week, to advise you on your next move.

If your offer is still showing as conditional, or nothing has changed, please also contact us immediately.

We really do recommend getting in touch with us if you are disappointed. You never know, we may be able to sort something.

Clearing

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If you don’t get accepted immediately, you will be placed into Clearing on the UCAS website, which opens immediately on results day. Clearing is the process is for people who:

  • Applied for university after the 30th June
  • Did not receive any university offers
  • Did not meet their entry requirements

The good news, though, is that in 2015, 64,000 people went to university after applying through Clearing.

All of our courses that have a vacancy will be relisted through Clearing. This is how it works:

  • You can chose any course at The Sheffield College that’s on the list.
  • When you know which course you want to do, you’ll need to call us on 0114 260 2600 citing your Clearing Number and Personal I.D. It may be busy getting through on the day but please be patient, it’ll be worth it as we can answer all your questions. If we are satisfied with your grades, we will verbally offer you a place.
  • Once we have settled on a verbal offer, you will need to click ‘add clearing choice’ on UCAS and fill in the details. You only get 1 option to choose so this counts as accepting your offer!

Here are some of the courses that are available in Clearing this year. Click on the name of the course to see more.

Health & Social Care HNC FdSc Sport and Exercise Coaching  FdA Photography
Environmental Conservation HNC FdSc Bakery and Patisserie Technology Animal Management HND
Manufacturing Engineering HNC Computing HNC Creative Media Production (Computer Games Design) (Top-up)
Public Services: Policing Studies FDA BA Business Management (top up) FdA Business Leadership and Management 
BA Event Management (top up) Sport Management (top up)  Media Makeup Artistry
FdA Media Production BA (Hons) Music Performance & Production

Clearing is open until September, but does work on a first come first serve basis. Be quick!

To view The Sheffield College’s University Level courses, please click here.

From all of us here at The Sheffield College, good luck! You’ll be fine! If you do happen to run into any concerns or have any queries, give us a ring on 0114 260 2600, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or have a chat to any of our staff on Results Day.

GCSE Results Day 2017 – No Need For Disappointment, Explore The Options

Here we are again as GCSE Results Day looms with 15/16 year olds all over the country probably feeling more than a little nervous right now.

Whilst what’s done is done, the grades your young person will get will impact on what they do next. Remember, though, they have options and it’s important they’re explored.

When is it?

This year GCSE results day is on Thursday 24th August.

What time can results be collected from?

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Your young person will need to check with their school about what time they are planning on opening for them to collect their results. If they have taken any GCSEs with us at The Sheffield College, our City and Hillsborough campuses will be open from 8.30am until about 2pm.

What to look out for

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In the envelope of results there’s likely to be a few certificates with different course results on depending on which exam board the courses were with. The most important results to look out for? Well they would be:

  • Maths and English
  • The subjects your child is wanting to continue to studying

Your young person gets the grades they needed

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In that case, congratulations! If they’ve already applied for a course with us, we’ll see them at enrolment. Remind them to bring their certificates along with them!

Your young person didn’t get the grades they wanted or needed, what next?

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Make sure your young person knows that this is the start, not the end. There are still lots of options available for them here at The Sheffield College such as an Apprenticeship or a hands-on, vocational course, not just A Levels.

The most important thing is that it’s not too late. We still have enough spaces on courses at the appropriate level for your young person to apply and enrol on before the start of term.

Click here to view all of our courses.

Already applied with us? No problems. If your child still comes along to their enrolment session, we’ll place them on level of course that’s right for them.

If your young person is feeling a bit stuck or unsure of what to do next, we’ll be on hand straight away. All of our campuses will be open on results day for advice and guidance but if a bit more time is needed to decide, please give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 to arrange an appointment with one of our expert advisers.

A Levels aren’t the only option

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A Levels are not the only way for your young person to get to where they’re aiming for. Be that their chosen career, an Apprenticeship further down the line or university, the right option needs to be chosen.

Apprenticeships and vocational courses are highly respected by employers and will equip your young person with employability skills employers are looking for or carry the required UCAS points for a place at university.

It might be that they’re ready and more suited to something a bit more hands-on. Our vast array of vocational courses cover everything from Bakery to Engineering, Photography to Public Services. Our facilities rank amongst some of the best in the country, there’s certainly plenty on offer.

Click here to view all of our courses.

We also offer Apprenticeships in 15 different sectors, with a number of different roles within those, if earning whilst learning suits best. Apprenticeships range from Dental Nursing to Veterinary Nursing, Marketing Assistant to Teaching Assistant.

To view our Apprenticeships please click here.

Missed out on English and/or Maths grades

Don’t panic if your young person misses out on their English and/or Maths grades. At The Sheffield College we will help them get that elusive grade alongside the course they want to study – without too much extra work.

The first resit is in November so they won’t have to wait too long, but it is really important they’re retaken. Find out why here…

For further information, course listings and to apply today please visit our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or give us a ring on 0114 260 2600

A Level Results Day – Are You Ready?

Are you ready for it?

As far as days go, there’s not too much you can do about it now. A Level Results Day stirs the same emotions year on year; nerves, angst and restlessness. You’ve studied the course, put the work in and taken the exam; and as papers have been marked, moderated and verified, results are flooding in ready for the big day next week.

The waiting is horrible but, whatever your grades, it’s not the be all and end all. This is the start. The start of your next step with the college.

When do I get my results?

Results are out on Thursday 17th August 2017. If you studied your A Levels with us, they will be collectible from our Hillsborough campus from 7a.m. – nobody wants to be waiting longer than needs be! If you didn’t study with us please check with your provider what time you will be able to collect from.

If you haven’t yet applied to The Sheffield College for a university level course, you can do so by clicking here to view our course offer.

And how do I find out if I’ve been accepted to The Sheffield College?

The wait can be pretty intense, pretty stressful. Impatiently waiting for the clock to tick round until it’s time to collect your results to find out whether you’ve been accepted on your degree with us at The Sheffield College.

You will be able to check on UCAS as soon as it updates (any time from midnight) and, whilst you won’t get your results online, you will find out whether you’ve been accepted on to your choice of course at The Sheffield College. Alternatively, you’ll find out when you collect your results in person along with finding out what grades you have got.

You should receive a notification email letting you know the portal has updated but there’s going to be a lot of people using UCAS at exactly the same time so it may take a little time to come through. Have your sign in details ready and, if you’ve got the grades you’ll be seeing this…

Congratulations, you got the grades!

Well done! You’ve opened your browser and that Conditional Offer has changed to an Unconditional Offer for that coveted place you’ve been after with us. You’ll see this message and then you’ll know:

Congratulations! Your place at The Sheffield College for [course title] has been confirmed. 

No need to do anything now, your place is confirmed and we will be in touch. Please avoid ringing for confirmation as we need to keep our phone lines free for Clearing. Your Confirmation letter should appear in Track five to seven days after your place is confirmed. Make sure you check it over but if we need anything else from you, we’ll be in touch!

From all of us here at The Sheffield College, good luck! You’ll be fine! If you do happen to run into any concerns or have any queries, give us a ring on 0114 260 2600, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or have a chat to any of our staff on Results Day.