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Taster Days

Are you in Year 10 or Year 11? Come along and experience a real taste of what life is like as a South Staffordshire College student.  Taster days provide you with a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our courses and are an excellent way to help you make a more informed decision about your future.

Our Taster Day sessions in June & July 2021.

Please note: Our taster days for this year are full. If you are leaving school next year, check back on this page soon for all of the details and dates.

Throughout our taster days you will explore the campus, find out about the courses you are interested in, get involved with fun activities and meet the tutors. If you are not sure of which path to take, why not choose a different session on another day at another and compare the two!

Whatever your interests, a taster day can provide you with the opportunity to experience a variety of courses first hand. All subjects will include practical activities, so please make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Taster days are subject to changing Government guidance.

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See what’s happening on our 2021 Taster Days

 

  • Lichfield College – taster sessions

    Tuesday 29th June – 9:30am – 3pm

    Media
    Work in our TV and film studio operating cameras and bring your ideas to life within our film and TV workshop.

    Art & Design
    Learn about our creative arts subjects and get a taste of some creative crafts in our ceramics room by working with clay.

    Games Production
    The UK is at the forefront of driving the digital games market, especially through the spread of social, massive multiplayer online (MMO) and mobile games, and is now the largest growth area in the creative industries. This taster will give you an understanding of the two course pathways we run at the college, which are Games Production and Design, and Esports.

    Performing Arts
    Join us in our acting and dance workshop where you will be taking part in a performance with some of our current students.

    Music Technology & Performance
    You will get a chance to explore the music departments recording studio where you will play and record a tune on a drum kit as well as mix a range of audio projects in our MAC labs. You will also get a chance to interact with emerging technologies that include new webcam samplers and band performances.

    Routes To College
    Are you thinking about progressing to college? Are you worried the class sizes may be too big, the work too fast paced or would prefer a more supportive environment? During your ‘Routes To’ taster you will be able to join in with the college environment in a smaller supportive group where we focus on teamwork activities, developing your confidence, as well giving you the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what interests you and what you enjoy. You can then progress into that area the following year and start your career journey.

  • Tamworth College – taster sessions

    Wednesday 30th June & Wednesday 7th July – 9:30am – 3pm

    Wednesday 30th June

    Business
    Experience the world of business and entrepreneurship. You will create your own product and with the help of experienced tutors develop a marketing plan.

    Sport
    An opportunity to work on fitness equipment with the sport team in our gym and partake in field sport.

    Travel & Tourism
    Have a go at real life cabin crew demonstrations using the safety equipment used on board. Make a cabin announcement to board your flight and ensure your passengers are safe before you take off.

    Health, Social Care & Early Years
    You will have the opportunity to take part in a range of fun practical activities for the caring industry from healthy eating to beating the bugs!

    Engineering
    Experience virtual welding, CAD (Computer Aided Design), manual machining and CNC machining in the state-of-the-art engineering facilities at Tamworth College. Boots and overalls will be required for safety reasons.

    Hairdressing & Beauty
    An opportunity to see practical hair styling techniques including plaiting and braiding demonstrated by tutors. You will then have the opportunity to practice these skills yourself.

    Construction (at TORC College only)
    Experience working in our realistic construction environment and have a go at some bricklaying and carpentry tasks in our purpose designed workshop.

    Car Mechanics
    Enjoy a fun packed day inside the state-of-the-art motor vehicle workshop where you will work under the bonnet of real cars doing maintenance on the engine, brakes, steering and exhaust.

    Routes To College
    Are you thinking about progressing to college? Are you worried the class sizes may be too big, the work too fast paced or would prefer a more supportive environment? During your ‘Routes To’ taster you will be able to join in with the college environment in a smaller supportive group where we focus on teamwork activities, developing your confidence, as well giving you the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what interests you and what you enjoy. You can then progress into that area the following year and start your career journey.

    Wednesday 7th July

    Public Services
    An action-packed day of team building and investigating a simulated crime scene, managing a major incident/disaster, using walkie talkie radios to manage the incident and learn camp craft and expedition skills.

  • Rodbaston College – taster sessions

    Thursday 1st July – 9:30am – 3pm

    Animal Care
    Activities will involve learning about animal health, feeding, behaviour and handling. Please wear appropriate footwear/clothing such as wellington boots and overalls, tie long hair back and remove all jewellery and piercings.

    Horticulture
    This is a great opportunity to experience life on our college’s busy horticultural unit. You will be able to hone your landscaping skills by laying slabs, building walls, attempt some propagation in the glasshouse by taking cuttings, sowing seeds and maintaining plants. Sturdy footwear and working clothes should be worn.

    Countryside
    A very practical hands on day experiencing a wide variety of practical tasks that will include pond dipping, surveying the wildlife on the college estate and building homes for animals and insects. Please wear wellies, waterproofs, warm clothes and be prepared for a proper environmental experience!

    Vet Nursing
    This day will provide you with an insight into the veterinary nursing profession. You will get a feel for the daily life of a small animal veterinary nurse through a tour of the unit which
    will introduce you to both the theory and practical skills required to pursue a career in this exciting sector.

    Agriculture
    A very practical day that will offer participants a wide variety of tasks including tractor maintenance, tractor driving and working with farm livestock. Please bring along appropriate
    footwear/clothing such as wellington boots and overalls.

    Construction & Plumbing
    Enjoy a very practical and exciting hands on day where you will get the opportunity to experience some of the construction trades we have on offer. The day will include painting, decorating and tiling. You must wear suitable clothing such as boots and overalls.

    Equine – Non Riding Taster
    After a tour of all the equine facilities at Rodbaston College you will get the chance to understand the depth of knowledge studying an equine qualification with us can provide and the extensive range of careers available. It is advisable to wear suitable equine clothing (jodhpurs, boots etc, where possible) to ensure that you have everything you need for your day, as expected of an equine student.

    Car Mechanics
    Enjoy a fun packed day inside the state-of-the-art motor vehicle workshop where you will work under the bonnet of real cars doing maintenance on the engine, brakes, steering and exhaust.

    Routes To College
    Are you thinking about progressing to college? Are you worried the class sizes may be too big, the work too fast paced or would prefer a more supportive environment? During your ‘Routes To’ taster you will be able to join in with the college environment in a smaller supportive group where we focus on teamwork activities, developing your confidence, as well giving you the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what interests you and what you enjoy. You can then progress into that area the following year and start your career journey.

  • Cannock College – taster sessions

    Friday 2nd July & Friday 9th July – 9:30am – 3pm

    Friday 2nd July

    Engineering
    Experience virtual welding, CAD (Computer Aided Design), manual machining and CNC machining in the state-of-the-art engineering facilities at Cannock College. Boots and overalls will be required for safety reasons.

    Computing & Emerging Technologies
    This taster will give you a flavour of our digital and IT courses by exploring the opportunities within the digital economy as well as exploring the exciting opportunities digital innovation is having across wider sectors and employers. The taster will also provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate your skills in areas such as web design.

    Electrical Installation
    Experience a career as an electrician in the state-of-the-art electrical workshop where you will have the opportunity to work with cable systems, tools and test real electrical circuits. Safety boots and overalls will be required for safety reasons inside the workshop area.

    Health, Social Care & Early Years
    You will have the opportunity to take part in a range of fun practical activities for the caring industry from healthy eating to beating the bugs!

    Routes To College
    Are you thinking about progressing to college? Are you worried the class sizes may be too big, the work too fast paced or would prefer a more supportive environment? During your ‘Routes To’ taster you will be able to join in with the college environment in a smaller supportive group where we focus on teamwork activities, developing your confidence, as well giving you the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what interests you and what you enjoy. You can then progress into that area the following year and start your career journey.

    Friday 9th July

    Public Services
    An action-packed day of team building and investigating a simulated crime scene, managing a major incident/disaster, using walkie talkie radios to manage the incident and learn camp craft and expedition skills.

  • Cannock College – virtual tour

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  • Lichfield College – virtual tour

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  • Rodbaston College – virtual tour

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  • Tamworth College – virtual tour

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  • Torc College – virtual tour

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  • Cannock College – virtual tour

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  • Lichfield College – virtual tour

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  • Rodbaston College – virtual tour

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  • Tamworth College – virtual tour

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  • Torc College – virtual tour

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