Archive | May 2017

Studying For A Degree In Sport – A Mythbuster

There seems to be some confusion surrounding the standing of university level Sport courses at colleges and the difference to studying them at universities. Not just here at The Sheffield College, but all over the country. Read on as we try and clear a few bits up!

You have to go to university to get a university level qualification in Sport, don’t you?

No. The Sheffield College offers the following:


But a degree at a college isn’t a ‘proper degree’ is it?

Of course it is. Our Foundation Degree Sport and Exercise Coaching course is validated by Sheffield Hallam University meaning it meets the exact same standards that have to be adhered to – they just cost less!

Ok, well surely employers prefer degrees from universities?


Not true. Employers rank work experience, an impressive CV and the actual qualification over prestige. The Foundation Degree Sport and Exercise Coaching course offers opportunities to gain experience through work-based learning and the option to complete additional coaching qualifications whilst on the course.

What if I want to top it up to a full honours degree?


That’s fine. Our validation with Sheffield Hallam means that upon completion, and assuming conditions are met, you will be offered a place on their BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree or alternatively you can stay with us and top-up to a full degree in Sport Management.

How are your links to industry?

At The Sheffield College, our Sports department work in close partnership with:

  • Sheffield Wednesday FC
  • Sheffield United FC
  • Sheffield FC
  • Sheffield Sharks

Are the facilities better at a University?


We have some of the best facilities around including:

  • 3G all-weather pitches
  • Gym
  • Sports Hall
  • Dance Studios

Won’t I miss out on the ‘university lifestyle’?

First of all, the stereotypical lifestyle is not for everyone. People in different stages of their lives want different things from university. We’re primed in a position to cater for all.

If you don’t yet have the requirements to get on to our Sport and Exercise Science Foundation Degree, why not check out our Access to Sport course? Perfect for those who have been out of education for a little while!


5 reasons a career in education and teaching is for you

Thinking about entering the world of education and teaching? Here’s why it’s the right choice for you:

  • Helping people to be the best they can be

People are motivated by different things when they enter the world of work. For some it’s money, for others it’s giving back to the community and job satisfaction. In education, it’s the latter – although the money’s pretty good too. You will oversee the personal and academic development throughout the time you spend with your students, whether you work in Primary Education or in Higher Education. There’s no better than feeling than making a permanent impact on somebody else’s life

  • Share your passions

One of the best things about being in education is that you get to do what you love. That can be from helping the little ones to read and write or it could be passing on your history knowledge to a group of enthusiastic A Level students. You get to teach the subject that you have a real passion for and ensure that the future of your specialism looks good

  • Become a master of your subject

There’s an old adage that suggests the only way to really know your subject inside out is to teach it. Teaching the subject that you love and have studied is a great way to improve your specialisms as you face questions from inquisitive students on a daily basis – including some you may not yet know the definitive answer to. Every day really is a learning day!

  • Opportunities and progression

There are loads of opportunities in education and teaching. For starters there are essentially five different brackets of age ranges that you could be working with. These are:

  • Nursery
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • College/Sixth Form
  • Higher Education

There is the option to work with all age ranges throughout your career in education as you are not limited to working with just one age range. This will make you an experienced teacher and give you the variety you need as an employee.

Whilst you must follow the curriculum that has been set, you have scope within that to be as creative as you want in your application of teaching practices.

You will have the opportunities to progress with your job as well from Teacher to Head of Year and Head of Department, to Assistant, Deputy and Head Teacher/Principal for the more ambitious of you.

  • No two days are the same

It’s all a bit cliché, but they’re really not. Every day is different depending on what topic you might be teaching, the people you might be teaching and how you choose to teach your lesson. Basically the more you put into teaching, and the more exciting you seek to make learning for others, the more the students will get out of it and the more you will enjoy it yourself.

It may be hard work but it’s extremely rewarding, ask any teacher you know – oh and they’ll probably point out that the holidays are alright too!

If you are looking at qualifying as a teacher, we thoroughly recommend checking out our PGCE course here at The Sheffield College by clicking here today!


What Do Dental Technicians Do On A Daily Basis?


There’s a lot more to working in dental than just being a dentist. You’ve got the dental nurse who works alongside the dentist in the surgery for starters but you’ve also got dental technicians who play a crucial role in the maintenance and care of teeth.

We have courses and Apprenticeships for both at The Sheffield College but let’s look into dental technicians in a bit more detail.

The NHS describe the role as this:

Dental technicians (or dental technologists as they are often referred to) make the dentures, crowns, bridges and dental braces that improve patients’ appearance, speech and ability to chew.

Working life


Working to dentists’ or doctors’ prescriptions, technicians/technologists use a wide range of materials such as gold, porcelain and plastic to design and construct appliances to meet each patient’s needs

As a technician/technologist, much of your work will be done by hand to fine-tune each piece to exact specifications, but you will also work with specialised equipment in the laboratory. Since each patient is unique, no two pieces are the same and absolute precision is essential to make sure the device is comfortable and effective for the patient.

Technicians and technologists use a wide range of materials to design and construct appliances and work in four specialist areas:

  • prosthodontic technicians design and make dentures
  • conservation technicians specialise in crown and bridge work
  • orthodontic technicians make braces to correct tooth positions
  • maxillofacial technicians’ work is based in hospital oral surgery, ophthalmic, cancer and burns units, helping to reconstruct the faces of patients damaged by accident or disease

Dental technicians may also work directly with patients in a clinic alongside a dentist or clinical dental technician.

Clinical dental technicians


Clinical dental technicians are dental technicians who have undertaken specific clinical training to enable them to design, create, construct, modify and fit removeable dental appliances for patients. In this role, you would be able to provide dentures direct to patients with no natural teeth, or work with and to the prescription of a dentist to provide partial dentures for patients with some teeth. This is an interesting option for dental technicians who would like to have direct contact with patients.

An important part of the role is to check on the patient’s general dental welfare.

Entry requirements, skills and interests


To work as a dental technician/dental technologist, you must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

At The Sheffield College you can start on a Level 3 Dental Technology before progressing on to our Foundation Degree in Dental Technology. Click here to view those courses.

The design of our courses have been defined by the standards and scope of practice of the GDC which means that once you’ve finished your course with us, the GDC will allow you to register straight away.

As well as knowing about the properties of the necessary materials to construct dental appliances, you will need an excellent understanding of dental and facial anatomy. This is a highly skilled job and you might also have some artistic ability.



At The Sheffield College we have specialist, on-site Dental Laboratories for you to cut your craft, as well as all the latest industry-spec equipment. The Dental Technology department also has access to the Science department’s laboratories so when it comes to taking that job, there’ll be nothing to take you by surprise!

To find out more about our Level 3 course and Foundation Degree in Dental Technology, or to apply, please click here to view the course page. 

Studying Art And Design, It’s Cathartic!

At The Sheffield College we have developed a fantastic reputation as one of the best for studying Design and Visual Arts courses. Our diverse range of courses and expert tutors, many of whom still work in the industry, puts us in a great position to help you get achieve that goal of yours. You know, that degree you always wanted to do in Art and Design?


Our Access to University courses are perfect for those of you who have been out of education and don’t have the entry requirements for university, to get those entry requirements for degree level study. Here’s why our Art and Design Access Course is not only great for your career, but also for you

Art Breeds Happiness


It’s true! Art provides stimulus to parts of the brain other subjects don’t reach. It makes you look at things in a new light, from a different perspective. It gives you the chance to express yourself creatively, express the seemingly inexpressible and gives you a sense of fulfillment.

The thing with those who do art is that it gives them genuine enjoyment. There’s something magical about the way the pottery wheel spins or how a smear of a pencil can give a drawing a totally new meaning. A new effect. It taps into your imagination and provides a creative outlet.

We know it’ll be your favourite course already!

Provides Enhanced Skill Sets


Art enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, complex analysis and critical thinking skills. Pretty important day-to-day transferable skills gained will help you in all walks of life.

It’s no secret that materials that are arranged and presented in an eye-catching manner have an upper-hand on those which are not!

Sheffield – The Creative City

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Sheffield’s history may have been in steel manufacture but its future is the creative arts. From small art galleries and design shows to graphic design agencies producing work from converted industrial buildings, Sheffield has one of the fastest growing creative industries in the UK. The scene is diverse and the opportunities plentiful.

Leading agencies, many of whom our former students own or work for, base themselves in Sheffield and the Workstation provides a creative hub for local agencies putting on workshops for all. This sense of a creative community is certainly growing in Sheffield and creative meet-ups are becoming more common. They’re always popping back in for masterclasses and to check out our end of year exhibitions. Be part of the movement!

Top Class Facilities


Top art facilities are hard to come by but we know they’re essential to allowing your creativity to blossom. At The Sheffield College we have some of the best in the city.

Based at our Hillsborough Campus, we have just decked out our design studios with the latest Macs and design software whilst we also have facilities for 2D and 3D specialist disciplines including: painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, applied arts, ceramics, metal work and jewellery, product design, furniture, interior design, architecture, communication media, graphics, illuastration and animation, textiles, surface design and fashion!

Work On Your Portfolio




Your portfolio is essential for your progression and future career. It’s pretty much a must have for any designer or artist in terms of job prospects but also for getting on to a degree course.
On our Access to University course we will help you to build a strong portfolio, mounting and storing work in it at the end of of each project, as you sample many different artistic disciplines with the chance to start looking towards a specialism.. Similarly, your sketchbook will form a vital part of your course. Filling on your sketchbook will become habitual and used for collecting and documenting research material.

And with that you’re in a pretty good position to progress on to one of our degree courses; whether that’s straight onto our Foundation Degree in Graphic Design or topping-up to a full degree with our BA (Hons) Creative Digital Practice (top-up). Makes sense, doesn’t it?!