School Leavers - Parents and Carers Frequently Asked Questions
There are no tuition fees for learners aged 16 – 18 on full time courses.
What about books and materials? Will there be a charge for exam entries? What about travel? Are grants available?
These questions are asked frequently and their answers are not always straightforward.
To receive more information please telephone (01202) 205660 or call into Student Services. You can call The College helpline on (01202) 205205
Some learners are eligible for financial assistance.
Classes for full time learners will not normally be timetabled to begin before 9am or finish after 5.30pm but this may vary according to the course. Each learner has an individual timetable and it’s a good idea to make sure you have a copy of this so that you know when they will be in college.
On average, a learner will have between 15 - 16 hours a week of contact time (teaching hours) spread through the week. Every learner will also have college work to complete at home. This will include, for example, course work, assignments, research and individual study.
We keep you informed through parents’ evenings and/or written reports. Student’s progress is very carefully monitored and regular tutorials will ensure learning goals are being met. Every full-time learner works towards their Individual Learning Plan. If you are concerned at any stage we encourage you to contact the relevant Head of Curriculum.
Your views and comments will always be welcome.
The most important thing is that a young person is on the course and in the environment that is most suited to their career ambitions and personality.
Leaving school is a big step, but we believe that the right course is the most important factor. College life is different from school in many ways, especially as The College gives students extra independence providing an excellent stepping-stone to higher education or to employment.