Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply for more than one course?
Yes, you can apply for as many courses as you wish if you are not sure what course to choose. After a successful application you will be invited for an informal chat at our premises with the course tutor for each course that you’ve applied for. This will give you the chance to decide which programme of study is best for you. After your informal chat you will be invited in to enrol once you have received your GCSE results.
What if I don’t get the grades I was expecting?
It is really important that you work hard towards your GCSEs, in particular English and maths.
If you have worked as hard as you could, but still missed by one or two grades, don’t panic; attend your enrolment appointment as planned and you will have the chance to discuss your options with your tutor.
If your grades are very different from your offer then please call Jane on 01482 426923, and we will be able to arrange an appointment with our Careers Advice and Guidance team during enrolment so that we can offer you a suitable alternative. The most important thing is that you are studying on the right programme of study to achieve your goals.
What if I have changed my mind and want to study a different course?
You can change your programme of study right up until enrolment, however depending on how big the change is that you want to make, you may have to attend another interview. Once you have started your programme of study, if you feel that you have made the wrong decision you may be able to change onto an alternative course, but this will be decided on a case-by- case basis. If you find yourself in this situation you should contact your tutor or our admin team who will be able to advise you.
Will college be similar to school?
You will find life at College quite different from school; it is a more relaxed atmosphere than you’ll probably be used to. Teachers are called tutors, pupils are called students. No more Miss or Sir – you will address staff using their first names. There is also no uniform other than smart-casual wear on the Further Education programme, or work wear on the apprenticeship programme.
What if I have a problem at college, who can I speak to?
Students are our first priority – we know you are here through choice and we want you to work hard and succeed, so we will give you all the reasonable support you need. Our admin team, careers, advice and guidance team and tutors are geared up to help you with your studies, your career plans and any personal issues that might be affecting you.
You will have a personal tutor who will support your academic and personal progress during your time at College. You will meet your tutor regularly and they will keep you updated about the wide range of opportunities available to you and will support you to progress onto your next step.
Will I make friends?
Once your course starts you will have attend an induction day and your tutor will arrange classes and activities to help you get to know the other students in your group.
What if I have more questions, who can I speak to?