Floristry Courses Return to College

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NSC Floristry Tutor Eileen Avery-Scott demonstrating Floristry techniques to Level 2 Floristry Students

North Shropshire College (NSC) is pleased to announce that it is once again running Floristry courses this new academic year as a diverse and exciting programme of part time courses for new students. The Level 2 Certificate and the Level 2 Diploma in Floristry, delivered by tutor Eileen Avery-Scott sees students learning a variety of different skills, ranging from art and design concepts for florists, how to plan floristry designs, making tied floral arrangements, and making floral arrangements for social functions as well as many other areas.

The wide variety of course material and opportunities presented by the course has meant that it has proved popular with students during previous years. Eileen Avery- Scott, Floristry Lecturer at NSC comments “I am delighted with the engagement and enthusiasm shown by our new students this year, the course offers them the chance to gain valuable skills relating to work in the Floristry sector, and we are pleased to offer such a valuable opportunity for progression at North Shropshire College.”

As well as the Level 2 Floristry Courses, NSC are also running several Christmas Flower workshops this year, to give students an exciting sample of Floristry activities at NSC.

To find out more about Floristry courses at NSC please visit the website, contact us on 01691 688000, or email


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Triple celebrations at WCG graduation ceremonies

Triple celebrations at WCG graduation ceremoniesOver 250 WCG graduates celebrated their achievements at three ceremonies at St Mary’s Church and Old Shire Hall, Warwick last week.

The graduates, who have spent the past few years studying at Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick Trident, Rugby, Evesham, Pershore and Moreton Morrell Colleges, donned their gowns, hoods and mortarboards at the Grade 1 listed Old Shire Hall before moving with family and friends to the ceremony at the 900 year-old St Mary’s Church. Following the ceremony, the graduates processed back to the courtyard – led by a trumpet fanfare – for the traditional mortarboard throw and drinks reception.

Guest of honour and keynote speaker at the ceremonies was former MP Chris White, the newly appointed President of WCG. Chris congratulated all of the graduates before they were presented with their certificates by WCG Principal and CEO, Angela Joyce.

The graduates studied a range of degrees including art, animal science, business, computing, counselling, early years, engineering, equine, games art and more. Some graduates completed their degrees on a part-time basis, while working and juggling family commitments.   Continue reading

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Evesham College students support Police Officer training

Evesham College students support Police Officer training.jpgPublic Services students at Evesham College put Police Officer trainees through their paces at a special event at the college.

19 police officers in training from the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police forces visited the college to test their knowledge and skills in ‘Stop and Search’. The Level 2 and 3 public services students were split into groups and some were given suspicious items to hide, to test the police officers’ training in stop and search techniques..

The officers were under the close eye of their training managers to ensure they followed correct procedure. They also attended feedback sessions with the students, where any issues were addressed to ensure they were applying the law correctly.

Public Services lecturer Nikki Jones said, “We were delighted to welcome the trainee Police Officers here to Evesham College. It’s a unique experience for our students, some of whom may be hoping for a career in the force. They gained great insight into the knowledge and skills that Police Officers need to deal with the public in what could be a difficult situation.” Continue reading

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How mental health can affect children and young people was the focus of lessons for health and social care students at City of Wolverhampton College during World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, 10 October.

Around 40 students, studying for Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications, learnt about the effects of stress, anxiety and depression on everyday life, rated how they were feeling themselves, and wrote positive messages of support to young people who struggle with poor mental health.

They also raised awareness of support available by handing out stickers provided by Young Minds – the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people – and promoted the charity’s #HelloYellow campaign by running a photo booth with yellow props.

And, in a further boost, the students worked as a team and sold sweets and cakes at the Wellington Road campus raising £62 for the charity.

Student Tia Griffiths, aged 16, who is studying for a Level 3 certificate in health and social care, said: “We wanted to raise awareness of mental health to help other young people improve their feelings, as well as raise money for the charity, and are proud that we worked together to achieve our goal.”

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TNS Scholars Have Great Kick Off to New Season

TNS Scholars Have Great Kick Off to New Season

TNS NSC players during a recent match at The Venue near Oswestry

The TNS (The New Saints) and NSC (North Shropshire College) Football Scholarship students have had a fantastic start to the 17/18 football season with several victories in their first few fixtures.

The E1 (Excellence 1) scholarship team beat league rivals Thomas Telford in the National Cup match, a win which saw the team progress through to the next round. Hoping to build on the positive run of results, an away game at Rochdale Hopwood saw excellent performances from 14 of the new TNS NSC Scholarship players, including a debut from Harry Parkinson who scored the final goal which resulted in a 5-1 win to the scholars.

The Players have continued their success in a number of further matches including a fixture against Caersws away on Sunday 8th October with a record breaking 17-0 win. The team are moving forward with the positive momentum gained from their first matches, and looking forward to meeting Thomas Telford again in a League Match later this week.

For more information about the TNS football scholarships at NSC, Come down to the Oswestry Campus Open Evening on Wednesday 18th October. You can also call admissions on 01691 688080 or apply now via the website at


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Special Effects Make-Up Just Perfect for Halloween

Special Effects Make-Up Just Perfect for Halloween

L-R Georgina Moreton who created the ‘Hannibal’ make-up on Katie Moore

Beauty students from North Shropshire College (NSC) have been practising some gory creations as part of their course, the Level 3 Theatrical Media, Hair and Make-up course.

One element of the course is the media make-up module. The module focuses on special effects and media make-up and teaches students how to create casualty effects and character looks, using the application of small prosthetics. Students have to conduct research, create designs and use mood boards before executing their designs.

Sharon Cooper, Commercial Services Manager comments, ‘The students are thoroughly enjoying the new diploma, it’s giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their creative skills and utilise their imagination in developing different images. This course gives students progression opportunities to higher education at degree level and to a wide range of careers in TV, theatre and film.’

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Jade Hughes – Who created a realistic ‘Bite Mark’ on her hand.

Jade Hughes from Oswestry is a student on the course and has been with the College for two years already completing both Level 2 Beauty and Level 3 Spa Therapy. Jade says of the course, ‘I love the course so far, it’s more than I expected it to be. I have much more freedom with this course to experiment with new techniques and creating looks the way I want to. In the future I would like to work within special effects make-up or traditional make-up within television, and am hoping to complete my work experience at Media City in Manchester. I’d say to anyone wanting to do the course to 100% do it! There’s lots of aspects to it such as bridal make-up as well as special effects, there’s something for everyone.’

To find out more about this course, come along to the Oswestry Campus Open Evening on Wednesday 14th October 5pm-8pm or you can apply online via You can also contact the Admissions Team via 01691 688080.


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College to Coordinate Funded Placements for Farmers

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Katie Edwards Project Coordinator and Phil Ridley Enterprise & Development Manager at Walford Campus

North Shropshire College (NSC) is offering farmers the chance to add value to their farm produce, and to develop their business by undertaking study placements in Italy and Sweden. The tours are being organised throughout 2018 by NSC’s Enterprise and Development department, as part of the Erasmus+ programme, and offer an ideal fact finding all expenses paid experience for people associated with the farming and agricultural businesses.

Participants in the programme will be visiting and learning about different farming and farm business practices. As well as this, groups will be able to visit a wide range of businesses that are involved in various types of farm diversification enterprises.  By visiting these enterprises farmers will learn about a variety of areas from organic product business operations and techniques, spelt and rice production, pedigree sheep and cattle production and even cured meat, herbs and basil growing techniques. There will also be the opportunity to learn about marketing support organisations and how to best get products from the farm to the market place. Continue reading

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