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School Leavers

Learning in a college environment

Studying at a college is different from studying at school in lots of ways:

  • Many classes will be smaller than you are used to
  • You can choose from different types of course so that you study something you will enjoy and suits the way you learn
  • College is an adult environment where you are responsible for your learning and managing your studies, though your tutor or skills officer will ensure you keep on track
  • You will recieve a student ID card and lanyard at enrolment which you will need to wear at all times whist on campus
  • Your timetable will be different from school - you might start college at 9am or finish at 4.30pm but you might not have lessons all day. Many students have a Wednesday afternoon free to take part in enrichment activities or sports

If you are training as an Apprentice you will have a full time job and attend college on a day release basis or block release. When on day release you will be taught by your tutor or skills officer and you will spend the remainder of the week in the workplace where you will put your new skills into practice. Whilst at work, your skills officer will visit you and carry out assessments in a variety of styles - observing you, completing knowledge questions and setting practical tasks.

Typical times of sessions

You may not have a lesson in every time slot, your timetable will also be made up of tutorials, enrichment options and private study time

  • 9.00am - 10.30am lesson
  • 10.30am - 10.45am break
  • 10.45am - 12.15pm lesson
  • 12.15am - 1.35pm lunch break
  • 1.35pm - 3.00pm lesson
  • 3.00pm - 3.15pm break
  • 3.15pm - 4.30pm lesson
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