In this section we endeavour to answer questions you may have about the College and all it has to offer. It includes links to a number of useful sources of information but if you prefer to speak to someone then please contact our Client Services Department on 01737 788445. You may also wish to browse this website where you can find further course information and news.
When were you last inspected by Ofsted? Ofsted visited the College in December 2014, and produced their final report in January 2015, which rated the College overall as Good with Outstanding areas. Extracts from the report included:
“partnerships are outstanding and contribute to a curriculum that meets the needs of local employers, and the career aspirations of students, very well”
“Staff provide good careers and progression advice for students”
“students learn and work in an inclusive environment where the staff and students are respectful of each other and feel safe”
“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good”
My son/daughter would like to go to University; can they study A levels at the College? ‘A’ levels are not the only route to University; many students prefer a more vocational route such as a Level 3 Extended Diploma or Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc). Both offer UCAS points equivalent to 3 ‘A’ levels or more. Don’t forget that we also offer Higher Education here for those who prefer to study close to home, work in smaller classes and pay lower fees.
What is a TechBacc? The TechBacc programme includes the primary qualification (eg Extended Diploma) together with further studies of maths at an advanced level and an extended project. These additional elements increase the TechBacc to a potential 480 UCAS points.
My son/daughter is really not sure what they want to study - can you help? Yes we can! All our Client Advisors are trained in providing independent information, advice and guidance to help – not just when students apply to the College but as they progress through different courses and levels, advice is on hand. Contact Client Services for further information or call 01737 788445.
How can I be sure that the quality of teaching and resources are good? The Ofsted report published in January 2015 confirmed the College as Good with a series of Outstanding areas, better than most other Colleges locally and nationally. Come along to one of our Open Events, speak to the tutors and see the fantastic facilities that are available.
My son/daughter needs additional learning support We can provide a range of support options to help all students achieve their potential. It is important that we know what needs a potential student has at their interview so support can be put in place. Contact Client Services for further information.
Will they need to re-take GCSE Maths or English? Students will study English and Maths as part of their course if they do not already hold a GCSE grade C or above in these subjects. This is a Government requirement. Students are encouraged to see the importance of improving their grades and how it can improve their earning potential in the future.
Is work experience part of the course? All students aged 16-18 complete a work-related placement or project as part of their full-time study programme. This is just one way in which we help students develop employability skills, and helps ensure we have excellent progression to both work and higher level qualifications.
My son/daughter is studying for ‘A’ levels but thinks he/she has made a mistake and would like to do a more practical course – can they apply at 17? Sadly we have seen an increase in the numbers of applications from students who felt pressurised to do ‘A’ levels and then regretted it. They can certainly apply but depending on the course they choose there is a risk they may have to pay fees when they reach 19. Many students progress to University from the College each year on completion of BTEC and other Extended Diploma qualifications.
Can my son/daughter do an Apprenticeship at 16? Yes they can but depending on which area they are interested in we have found that many young people benefit from completing a study programme before progressing to an Apprenticeship. Advice is available on Apprenticeships from our Employer Services Team on 01737 788316 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you keep parents/carers informed of student progress? In addition to parents’ evenings, held twice a year, we also have a Parent Portal which enables parent/carers to access our student progress tracking programme which includes data on attendance and causes for celebration or concern. Information on how to access this portal is provided at the parent/carer inductions held at the start of the academic year.