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School leavers will currently be considering their as they complete their final year of secondary education. Many adults will also be considering changing careers or developing new skills to enter or be more employable in the labour market. Often the first step can be the hardest to take but the following tips should help everyone considering studying at college:

Do your research

Check college websites for course information. Think about the way you like to learn and what type of career you want. Some courses are ‘hands on’ where you learn the technical skills required for the jobs whilst other courses are more academic and are tested through reading and writing skills.

Ask your friends and family.

A lot of students are inspired someone that they know who have developed their career by studying full-time, part-time or following an apprenticeship.  Find out how they did it and what they liked and what the challenges are to be a success.

Make an application

This shows us that you are interested and have researched your options. Applications can be made online and easy to do.  It is the first step to formally open a conversation with the college to discuss your learning needs and careers aspirations.

Admissions and enrolment

Now that you have made an application you have further access to teachers and other professionals who can help you.  The process is designed to place the right applicant on the right course for them.  This might include informal interviews, further advice and guidance and information about learning and/or financial support. The process is concluded when you enrol as an official student at the college. 

Best of luck

We are here to support you and help you fulfil your potential.


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