Two day Summer Taster - Bridgwater & Taunton College

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AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING
This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain an insight into the exciting automotive industry. We will provide a realistic working environment for you to work on cars and experience what it’s like to be an automotive engineer.

Your safety is important to us, so ideally we would like everybody to wear boots and overalls. If this is not possible, old clothes and sturdy footwear will be acceptable.

ART, DESIGN & FASHION
Paper Journeys
Paper is the primary resource for all creative industries, but it is more than just a surface to draw on. In this workshop we will be exploring the qualities of different papers through paper manipulation and ordered cuts to create unforeseeable shapes by bending, twisting and folding. We will create sculptures and expose them in different lights to discover their surprising shadows, as well as paper sculptures to be worn on the body. We will also explore creative ways to make sketchbooks so you go away with an innovative sketchbook that you have created and made yourself.

BEAUTY
Come and experience the ‘world of beauty therapy’ in our professional salon environment. Under the guidance of a qualified beauty tutor, you can experience the pleasure of giving and receiving a number of treatments.

Treat your face to a cleanse, tone, mask and moisturise, then make your hands and feet look and feel amazing by learning to manicure and pedicure. Finish this off by discovering how to achieve the perfect nail polish application.

BUSINESS & MARKETING
Are you interested in businesses? Is marketing an area of interest for you? If this is the case, then this is an excellent opportunity for you to gain an insight into the inspirational world of business and marketing.

During your experience, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that are vital to business. This will include designing a business product, developing a brand and pitching your idea to a panel.

COMPUTING
There are several facets of computing that are integral to a future career in the technology sector. During this taster you will gain an understanding of numerous areas in the computing world and the inspiration to join the industry.

You will be challenged to undertake mini projects in programming, Photoshop, website development and computer hardware. Throughout this experience you will learn a wide range of new skills essential in the computing industry today, with the support of our enthusiastic staff and fantastic resources.

CONSTRUCTION
Spend time in our workshop facilities completing practical activities and talking to our staff about the exciting opportunities waiting for you in construction.

We will cover the following areas:

  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Electrical installation
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plumbing

ENGINEERING – DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
This exciting experience will give you an introduction to the following areas:

  •  Electronics and control
  •  Fabrication
  •  Computer-aided design

Fabrication
You will gain experience in fabrication, and manufacture an item which you can take home.

Electronics
You will be introduced to the basic principles of electronics and circuit building, and have the opportunity to produce and take home an operating circuit to be integrated in a product.

Computer-aided Design
You will use some advanced modern CAD software to design 3D models of engineering components. Use your creative skills to bring your idea to life.

GAMES DEVELOPMENT
Did you know that the UK is the biggest producer of games content in Europe?  Find out about this growing industry and create your own 3D models using industry standard software. Make a game using GameMaker and learn new skills in image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop.

If you are keen to gain a greater understanding of this exciting industry and meet our highly skilled and knowledgeable staff, then this session is for you.

GRAPHICS & PHOTOGRAPHY
Live Type
Graphics and photography are essential elements of the creative industry. Throughout this workshop we will be investigating typography and discovering how we can generate type through analogue and digital methods. Typography conveys meaning and promotes communication, and you will investigate how to combine different techniques and processes for a variety of desired outcomes. You will discover new and alternative ways of developing fonts.

HAIRDRESSING
We are offering you the opportunity to spend two days experiencing some of the delights of becoming a hairdresser. Find out about creative and artistic hairdressing techniques under the guidance of a qualified hairdressing tutor.

Through a range of activities, including putting hair up and blow drying, learn how to create different styles for many occasions in our professional hair salon.

HEALTH & EARLY YEARS
There is much more to the health and social care sector than just doctors and nurses. This taster session will explore what the sector is really all about and the sorts of careers you could progress onto after College. You will also explore the skills and values needed for a successful career, as well as take part in some fun activities to build your knowledge and skills.

This taster session will also give you an insight into the skills and knowledge needed to work within the early years sector, and help you decide whether this is the career for you. You will explore areas such as child development, as well as take part in practical activities such as creative and imaginary play. You will also learn about the careers that you can access with an early years qualification and what it can offer for your future.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
The IB taster will be fun, academic and physically challenging, giving you an insight into all subjects studied and skills required to succeed on this world renowned course.

Relating to each element of the IB programme, the two days will be themed on solving an internationally relevant issue. Success will require both independent and team-based participation.  Challenges will develop skills in the following:

  • Creative writing
  • Foreign language development
  • Scientific problem solving
  • Physical activity
  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Visual art

MEDIA PRODUCTION
Music Video
The video production taster will provide you with an introduction to the technical and creative skills required to shoot an effective music video. From a song submitted by and selected by members of the group, you will learn how to work with the storyboard, camera, editing techniques and sound, to take effective responsibility for everything that appears on the screen.

MUSIC & MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
Music & Moving Image
This taster will allow you to experience the world of sound for film. You will have a film scene and work on creating the soundtrack. This might include composing original music to fit the mood of what is going on. It could be creating the Foley (the sounds of human interaction) or the sound design (background sounds). It could also include replacing the dialogue so that the characters on screen are using your voice. You will work in a small team on the area that suits you best so that we can create a whole soundscape for the film clip.

PUBLIC SERVICES & OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Thinking about a career in the Uniformed Public Services like the Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Armed Forces or Royal Marines? Come and join us on this action packed, practical taster to find out more about these exciting careers and how BTC can set you on the right path.

This practical and theory-based taster will give you the opportunity to experience what will be expected of you should you decide to sign up. The taster covers the fitness requirements for all the main services and practical leadership, teamwork and communication tasks will test and develop these qualities. Learn about team building and communication skills, and apply them in a practical environment. There will also be classroom-based exercises to build your confidence and problem solving skills, as well as some theory sessions.

SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING
Throughout the two days you will be introduced to a variety of aspects within the sports science, health and fitness industries. You will act as a both an instructor and a client by undertaking a variety of practical tests in our gym and Fitness Lab. Analyse the data to assess if you need to improve according to national data, or if you are already Olympic athlete standard.

In addition, join us in a fun mix of practical sports activities, team games, challenges and problem solving tasks, and gain an insight into the skills and qualities needed to succeed in this energetic career.

TRAVEL, TOURISM & EVENTS MANAGEMENT
Are you a vibrant and enthusiastic young person? Does managing and advertising events intrigue you? If so, then this is the session for you.

During this experience you will design and plan an event of your choice, covering major aspects of event planning such as identifying the target audience, organising the logistics, identifying resources, costing, health and safety, marketing and promotion. This is an insightful experience for anyone wanting a career in travel and tourism, business or event planning.

Getting here

The taster day will be held at the Taunton Campus of Bridgwater & Taunton College on Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset. Please see the map below.

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