Coming to college … so how does it work?
If you’re interested in our programmes, the first thing you need to do is speak to your Head of Year 9.
You can also contact us directly. We have working partnerships with lots of schools and may already be in touch with your Head of Year 9.
Below are some common questions and answers.
How long am I at college?
You attend college for a whole day – one day a week – for two academic years.
How do I get to college and back?
The college does not arrange transport but your school will advise on this.
Do I need to wear my school uniform?
No! But you may need to wear clothing that is safe and appropriate for your area of study – for motor vehicle or catering, for example. We will advise you about this but definitely no school uniforms.
What happens during breaks and lunch?
Year 10 and Year 11 students are not allowed off campus during the college day. We have cafes on campus, or you can bring your own food. We will provide full information nearer the time.
Do I get a report?
Yes. We send reports to schools and parents throughout the two years of the programme, and parents are invited into the college to meet tutors once a year.
RPA – staying in education for longer
Remember that RPA (raising the participation age) means you need to stay in education and training until the end of the academic year in which you turn 18.
However, you don’t need to stay at school. You can come to college.
And you can get a head start by doing one of our Year 10 and Year 11 programmes.