IS COLLEGE RIGHT
ISN'T COLLEGE JUST FOR DROPOUTS?
College is definitely not just for dropouts. College is for people who want to do things their way; people that can think outside of the box and like to think for themselves.
It's not the traditional way of doing things, but the world needs people who can think outside of the box, people who can push boundaries, and people that can think bigger.
THERE'S A FEW THINGS TO EXPLAIN FIRST
When you're in Year 11 you're going to have lots of different people giving you advice about what you should do next.
No one can make this decision apart from you.
It's important that you really think about what you want to do, think about your last few years at school - what have you enjoyed? How do you learn best?
The answer to this is going to be different from your friends, but don't let that hold you back from taking the right steps for you.
LET'S GET A FEW THINGS STRAIGHT.
What's the difference between College and Sixth Form?
There are lots of differences, but here are the headlines you need to know:
College: BTECs, independence, work experience, make industry contacts, learn from experienced tutors, excellent facilities, multiple progression opportunities
Sixth Form: 3-4 A-Levels, classroom-based learning, most likely in your previous school, heavily exams based, focussed on university
Can I go to university if I study at College?
Absolutely! The majority of universities accept BTEC qualifications. Most of our Advanced (Level 3) courses will give you a certain amount of UCAS points depending on the overall grade you achieve. You can use these UCAS points to apply to university.
What kind of job can I get?
You can get any job you set your hopes on. Studying at College doesn't limit you in any way, but you need to think about what your main aim is and what study pathway is best to help you get there.
What happens once I've applied?
Once you've submitted your application and we've reviewed it, you will be invited for an interview, where we will go through your application and discuss why you want to do the course.
How many courses can I study?
You will put all your attention and energy into one course. Most of our level 3 courses are the equivalent of 3 A Levels, which means you won't have the time to study more than one. You may need to resit your English & maths GCSE when you come to us, which you will do alongside your course.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
College isn't like school where you have to wear a tie and blazer every day. You might be required to wear PPE or a specific uniform depending on what course you study, for example, chef whites for Professional Cookery or a sports kit for Football Studies.
Will I make friends?
Everyone is in the same boat when they start college. You might be nervous or worried about making friends - and so is everyone else! Think of it this way - you're going to be surrounded by people who have actively chosen to study the same thing as you, so you don't need to worry about not finding any common ground to kick off your new friendships.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a different way of learning - you'll be an employee, as well as a student. You'll split your time between working and learning, and you'll earn a wage whilst studying for your qualification.
Are there any clubs or
societies I can join?
Absolutely! We're all about having fun, getting to know new people, and trying new things.
There are lots of sports societies and activities you can get involved in, including:
- Walking Football
- Running Club
- Digital Ambassadors
- LGBTQ+ Society
Can't see something you like? There are plenty of opportunities to start your own club or society.
Join Student Voice!
Student Voice represents the views of the students. Everyone has their own perspectives on learning, teaching, and the overall college experience. Through Student Voice, students can shape their own experiences. It’s all about making a positive contribution and working together to take informed steps to enhance the quality of your learning experience. Course reps are the ‘grass-root’ level of Student Voice, they represent their classes and take feedback to school level meetings with their Head of School. This is followed by school reps, who are elected in the school level meeting to attend the college level meeting along with other school reps. Together they make up the College Council.
NUS - Student Union
The student union is the overarching branch of Student Voice in the form of an NUS Executive committee. It places more power in the hands of students to run and govern the way Student Voice works and allows you to be more involved in the process of improving your student experience at the college. we have officer roles available as a President and two Vice Presidents for each campus.
Be a Student Influencer
Fancy becoming the next KSI, NikkiTutorials or Charli D'Amelio? We can't promise you stardom, but we can promise you an opportunity to learn how social media influencing works, and to be part of it!
You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities tailored to your skills and interests such as events, blogging, and creating exciting content for social media.