Keeping in touch with your son/daughter's education
We find our students are much more likely to succeed if they're supported by their teachers and their families.
Students feel motivated and encouraged if their hard work is recognised. Equally, when students need to be prompted to improve their performance, they are more likely to do so if they are getting the same messages at home and college.
We will always update you with any issues or concerns we may have, including attendance.
If there is anything you feel we should know that could help us support your son/daughter, please talk to us.
You can contact teaching staff and personal tutors and please use the parent portal to see your son/daughter's:
• Attendance and punctuality data
• Reviews with performance grades and teachers comments
• Tutor contact details.
How can I contact the College?
It's important that your son/daughter lets us know if they're going to be absent. They can contact us by text message on 07786203127 using the mobile number they registered with the College and quoting their ID number.
How will I receive feedback on my son/daughter's progress?
For information on progress, grades, timetable and attendance have a look at the parent's portal. Log in details will be sent to you once your son/ daughter has enrolled at the College.
The College also holds parent's evenings which gives you the opportunity to discuss your son/daughter's progress with their tutor.
An e-newsletter will be sent to you twice termly which gives updates on activities at the College and forthcoming events.
What qualifications are available?
BTECs: Vocational qualifications provide a practical, real world approach to learning, to meet the skills employers are looking for, alongside a theoretical background to prepare students for university.
All of the assessment is based on coursework and related activities throughout the course. Predictions used for university references (UCAS) are based on the work in Year 1.
All interim grades and results from internally marked assessments are provisional and are confirmed once they've been internally moderated and the appropriate awarding body has validated results through their own Quality Assurance procedures.
A Levels: AS (Advanced Subsidiary) Level is a 1 year course and A2 Level is the second year in the same subject, leading to a full A Level qualification.
Apprenticeships: are at NVQ Levels 2 and 3 on work based learning schemes which allow students to combine paid work with study.
Pre-Apprenticeships: are Level 1 qualifications and are an entry route to apprenticeships.
How much will it cost?
For full time courses for 16-18 year olds there are no course fees. There may however be additional material costs for some courses.
Fees for 19+ students are detailed on the course outlines. Your son/daughter may be eligible for financial support. For further information about financial support options click here.
How will my son/daughter be assessed?
AS and A2 courses will have exams in January and June with coursework deadlines throughout the year, depending on the course. BTEC courses are assessed through coursework only, which is submitted at the end of every unit.
How will my son/daughter be supported?
Your son/daughter will meet their tutor every week and their progress will be monitored regularly. Targets will be agreed and monitored and if extra support is needed to ensure success, this will be made available.
We also offer help with university applications and a careers and employability service. Learning and financial support it also available for students who are eligible.
How many hours will my son/daughter study per week?
This will depend on the course. On average BTEC students will receive 22 hours teaching time. A student taking 4 A-levels will spend 18 hours in class. All students will need to spend additional time outside of class studying independently.