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Promises to students joining us in September

This year, because of the coronavirus crisis, we are making three extra promises to people wishing to study with us.

There’s a place for every school leaver

If you want to come and study with us, we guarantee you a place in September, as long as you meet the entry requirements.

We will use your calculated grades to find the right course for you.

If you haven’t got the grades you expect, we’ll find the right place for you to continue your education. If you didn’t manage to complete your course, we’ll find the right way for you to move on.

Make contact with our advisers and we’ll help you look at your options.

You can find out more in our information for applicants.

You don’t have to set foot in college to be our student

We have a home education option for almost every course we offer, using online learning methods.

If you would prefer not to come into college – because you or your family have health concerns – you can study at home.

The only exceptions to this are courses where you have to learn practical skills, and here we will talk to you about how you can complete the practical element safely.

You will be safe if you attend college

We will have strict health and hygiene plans in place, which follow good practice guidelines for social distancing.

  • Every classroom, workshop, library and social area will be redesigned to make sure you can study and socialise safely and to prevent coronavirus spreading.
  • We will have extra cleaning, extra washing facilities, and extra staff at hand to make sure everyone sticks by the rules.
  • Start and finish times will be different for different classes and public transport to and from college will also have strict social distancing in place.
  • We will have far fewer students in each of our campuses, which means you will be in college less – one or two days a week at most. But you will be comfortable, and you will be safe.

We are determined to make sure you have a good experience as a student.

If you study from home, you’ll still feel part of our college community. You’ll enjoy your online lessons and you’ll have regular contact with your teachers.

And if you come into college, you’ll still be able to meet friends and have a good social experience, as well as a good learning experience.

Most importantly, you’ll still be able to get the qualifications you need to make progress in your life.

Take care, stay safe and good luck in taking your next step.

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