- How is college life different from school?
It’s inspirational and it’s aspirational. Ours is a mature learning environment where learners get the skills to succeed in the workplace. It’s all about learning the skills employers want - through work placements, live industry briefs, master classes from industry specialists, and trips and visits to focus, inspire and motivate.
It’s exciting too - learning on state of the art facilities in a buzzing, modern environment. In return, we set our learners aspirational and stretching targets, have high expectations for attendance and punctuality, and promote a culture of respect and inclusivity.
- Does the College offer a safe and supportive environment?
We take safety seriously. All our learners, staff and visitors need to wear visible identification on campus. If your young person needs support, it’s easy to find. Our friendly, helpful Learner Services Team is available through the College day and is here to help, whether it’s with learning, finances, careers… or personal issues. They’re easy to find, in the Learner Hub at our Burton Town Centre campus. Our trained Safeguarding Team is responsible for keeping our young people safe and looking after their welfare, which includes connecting them with outside services when that’s necessary.
- Do you provide transport information on getting to and from College?
Yes, our friendly Learner Services Team has up to date transport information, including details of student discounts and financial support grants which can assist with the costs of travelling to and from College.
- What financial support is available?
There are a wide range of grants available to help with the costs of coming to college, including support with breakfasts/lunches, childcare, kit/uniform and travel. Talk to our discreet advisors in the Learner Hub – they can help with applying too. We want our learners to succeed – and we pride ourselves on providing the flexible financial support solutions to help.
- Do you have childcare facilities?
Yes, we have some fantastic childcare facilities. Our warm, welcoming on-site nursery is Ofsted rated outstanding. It provides quality care, early learning developmental and educational activities for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Not surprisingly, it’s very popular, so get in touch as soon as you can.
Contact our Financial Support Team to find about help with the costs.
- What support is there for learners with learning difficulties or physical disabilities?
We have lots of experience in supporting a wide range of additional needs – and we’re here to help. In fact, we have a dedicated Additional Learning Support Team, fully trained in providing professional advice and guidance to young people with support needs. To give us plenty of time to get support in place, please make sure you tell us about support needs in the personal information section on the application form. Please don’t be concerned about telling us – anything you tell us is treated sensitively and confidentially.
- What happens if a young person feels they have enrolled on the wrong course?
We do our best to give each learner all the information they need with an induction programme at the start of the academic year. If we, or they, realise during the first 4-6 weeks that they’re not on the right programme for them, our careers team will immediately work with them to explore other options here. If possible, we’ll transfer them straight onto a more relevant course.
- What is a Progress Coach?
Your young person will have something called a “Progress Coach”. They’re there to offer support and guidance, always on hand to support, monitor attendance and punctuality, and work closely with teaching staff to help learners to stay on track and achieve their goals.
- Can you progress on to University after a College course?
Absolutely. More than 300 learners a year go on to study Higher Education courses, either at the College or at universities around the country - and the globe. Our careers advisors promote university as an option and provide one to one support to guide our learners through applying for university and student finance.
- What else is on offer beyond studying?
Lots! We’re here to help your young person make new friends, learn new skills and prepare for their next steps. That might be taking advantage of work experience placements, joining the Student Council, volunteering to support events, raising money for charities or joining one of our sports sessions – they’re sure to find taking part a rewarding part of college life!