School Liaison

At City of Bristol College, we recognise the value of building good relationships with schools, career advisors and parents when it comes to helping school leavers to decide on their future. As one of the south west’s largest further and higher education colleges, we embrace our students’ talents and ways of learning to help them reach their potential.

On this page you can find out about what we can offer you, from the wide range of support we offer teachers and staff, to the workshops, taster days and presentations we provide for the students. Our aim is to show young people the endless opportunities in the post-16 world, and inspire school leavers to embark on the right path for them.

Opportunities to visit us

We are always excited to meet anyone who is considering applying to City of Bristol College, and our Open Events are a great opportunity for schools, students and parents/guardians to come and see our amazing facilities for themselves! You can also find out more about the courses, chat with members of staff and speak with Student Services about your next steps.

How we can support you at your school

Assembly/Tutor Group Presentations

The School Liaison Team offer a range of different presentations to students in any year at your school. Alongside our introduction to City of Bristol College presentations, we’re able to offer your students specific pathway talks, from A Levels and apprenticeships to technical and vocational courses. Just let us know a date, get a group of students together who are interested in a particular pathway or subject, and we can deliver a more targeted presentation to individual groups.

Presentations are usually done in year groups, as we tailor our information to the different stages of school life. For instance, our Year 10 presentation will be far more exploratory of the different course subjects and career industries out there, whilst our Year 11 presentation is centred on the various destinations that different learning pathways lead them to.

Application Guidance and Workshops

Completing an application can be challenging, particularly as many students are unaware of their own talents, strengths, skills or achievements. We will offer Application Guidance presentations to demonstrate the applicant journey at CoBC, and what the students can expect when they apply. As well as this, we will begin offering Application Workshops in 21/22 to go through the application form step-by-step and ensure students go home feeling confident about completing their applications to CoBC.

Some students may also need additional support to afford the extra costs of attending college, so we can run workshops for parents and students who may need to complete the City of Bristol College Bursary application form. Just let us know if this is of interest to your students and their parents, and we can arrange a day or evening whereby we attend the school and offer guidance in small group sessions.

Attendance at your Parents’ Evenings and Careers Events

As Bristol’s College, we would love the opportunity to attend your Parents’ Evenings and Careers Events to chat to students about their ambitions and goals. At these events, we will bring lots of information so that students and parents leave feeling a lot more confident about what college is like. If your school has a specialist area, or your students are particularly interest in a certain subject, we can bring curriculum staff with us – just let us know.

We can also arrange to bring our Student Ambassadors (former students from your school) wherever possible, so that your students can have an authentic and relatable insight into college life and how to make the right decision for them.

Lunchtime Drop-in Sessions

We can pop by your school at lunchtimes to host drop-in sessions for your students. These sessions will be an opportunity for students to come by the stall, ask questions and have a chat as they like. We are also happy to arrange these sessions on a regular basis, if you feel the students would benefit from a frequent visit.

Mock Interviews

Mock interviews are an invaluable experience to anyone, but especially school leavers who are preparing for post-16 or working life. We can support your school with mock interviews and step in as interviewers for your students. Our team will gladly go through the interview process, come up with questions or ask pre-set questions, and provide supportive and constructive feedback to your students. We acknowledge the importance of interview experience, and would be happy to offer college or university-like interviews, or employer style.

How we can support you at College

Small group tours

During the pandemic, we began offering prospective students small-group tours to ensure that school leavers could still visit the College and get a feel for what we offer. We received great feedback from students and parents, and so we will be continuing this service in the 21/22 academic year. This service will be in addition to our Open Events, and will give students the opportunities to familiarise themselves with the College before coming, and to see the facilities for themselves before applying.

The small-group tours will go ahead every other Wednesday, in the afternoon between 3pm and 5pm. To maintain the small size of the tours, numbers will be capped to 10 students per session, with a +1 space for each student. To book your place, email schoolsliaison@cityofbristol.ac.uk

Taster Days at the College

To help students to envision a course or industry in action, we are holding taster days at the College for Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Students will be able to choose between a range of workshops from different courses, and spend the day learning about their top two favourites. If you feel like this is something that would benefit your students, then reach out to us and we can arrange further.

We can also provide lunch for students, refreshments throughout the sessions and transport to and from the College. Please specify in your request if this is a service you would like us to add on.

Work Experience and Placements

Work experience and placements are an excellent opportunity to help students to stand out in their CVs and applications. We have professional services departments across our centres, from Finance and IT to Marketing and HR. We would be happy to work with your school and to offer your students a work experience opportunity at the College.

Mentoring

If your school has a mentoring programme, or any of your students would benefit from having a mentor, we would be more than happy to help with this. We have staff who come from an array of backgrounds, from lecturing and academia to professional services. We can provide mentors who can support your students in their personal and/or professional development, act as a supportive ear and simply offer advice or guidance in a particular interest. If this is of interest, just reach out to us and we can find a suitable mentor to help your students.

University Life

At City of Bristol College, we’re all about raising aspirations of young people and helping them to see and learn about every opportunity that is available to them. Our University Life are held by our University Centre and can be delivered in partnership with our university partners including UWE, Plymouth University and Bath Spa University.

Students can find out more about what university is, how and why it opens up many doors and the wide range of degrees that are available. The sessions will also benefit from past students sharing their experience and insights on their progression from school to university.

Inter-School Competitions

In 2021/22, we want to bring the creativity back into students’ lives, and offer inter-school competitions in a range of subject areas from Media, English, Beauty, Art, Catering and more! In response to students sharing their incredible talents with us, the winner (and their school) will win a prize.

There is no cost for schools to enter the competition, and we will communicate more information on this through our monthly newsletters to schools (if you are not signed up to our newsletter, please email schoolsliaison@cityofbristol.ac.uk with your name, school and email address).

Hosting your school events

If you’re looking for somewhere to hold one of your events, then we would be delighted to offer you our facilities. Whether it’s a student awards evening, staff training day or school leavers’ ceremony, we have a venue for any occasion. Also, our friendly Marketing team would be more than happy to help you arrange and run the event itself.

When we host your school events, it’s a great opportunity for your students to get used to visiting unfamiliar places in preparation for college or post-16 life.

Important information and resources for schools

Frequently asked questions

What is the process after students apply?

Students will get a confirmation that their application has been received. They will then get a ‘Course Meeting’ where a subject specialist will tell them more about the course, the options, the progression routes and much more. Students will also get to ask questions to help them make a decision on their application.

After the Course Meeting, students will be offered a place. We will keep in touch with them until they enrol. We will send them regular communications to help support their progression to the college. If a student has any special needs, then they might also meet with a member of staff from our support team.

We will also start engaging with parents so that we can start the all-important working relationship with parents.

Is there a closing date for applications?

There is no official closing date for applications; students can apply at any time during the year they are in Year 11. However, our popular courses fill up very quickly and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so we always recommend that students get their applications in as soon as they are ready.

If students want to get in touch, our admissions team are here to support them every step of the way.

Can students apply for more than one course?

Yes, applicants can apply for as many courses as they want. When we invite them to their course meeting we will discuss the courses and options in more detail. We understand that some students might not make their final choice until they enrol in the summer.

What happens if a student doesn’t achieve grade 4 in their English and Maths GCSEs?

Students who do not gain English and Maths GCSEs at grade 4 may still be able to join us. These students will simply study the relevant subject alongside their course to achieve the necessary grade.

Get in touch

Our Schools Liaison Officer Lauren is excited to work with Bristol’s schools, and would love to come and meet you and your students. If you have any questions, or would just like to have an informal chat, please contact: schoolsliaison@cityofbristol.ac.uk

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