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Information for Parents & Carers

Information for Parents & Carers

Leaving school to come to college can be a big step for a young person. In Year 11 your child will need to start making important decisions about their future education and career aspirations. It is recommended that you get information, advice and guidance early so that your child can make the right choices.

At City College we want every student to enjoy reaching their full potential whilst studying here. We provide an enjoyable and safe environment for students to study their chosen subject and to develop into an independent young person.

Study programmes

Our courses are focussed on preparing your child for their future career, whether they want to progress to university or go straight into work. They are taught by our industry expert teachers, in real-life working environments, and will develop the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

Full-time Study Programmes are made up of:

  • Main subject qualification (academic or vocational)
  • English and maths
  • Work experience

Your child will be at college for 15–18 hours of classes each week over three or four days depending on their course (and whether they are re-taking English and/or maths qualifications). They will also need to study and do assignments outside of class.

We expect all our students to attend every timetabled lesson because for every lesson they miss, they will fall behind in their learning. Holidays must not be taken during term time.

English and maths

English and maths are essential for virtually every career including starting work as an apprentice.

Everyone continues to study English and maths until they are 18. If your child's GCSE grades are lower than 4 then they will re-take GCSE or functional skills qualifications (additional taught classes will be added to their timetable). If their grades are 4 or above, they will continue to develop their English and maths through their main qualification.

Work experience

Completing work experience is a compulsory part of every Level 2 and Level 3 course at City College. The minimum requirement is 37 hours but, on some courses, it can be at least 45 days over the academic year.

Work experience will improve your child's CV, build their confidence, enable them to gain a better understanding of working in that sector, help them to develop the workplace skills that employers are looking for, strengthen their UCAS application, and ultimately improve their chances of successful progression to their chosen career or university. 

To find a work experience placement, your child will need to research  and contact companies that they would like to work for. We will help them to develop job search and communication skills so that they can find a quality placement.

Personal tutor

Your child will have a personal tutor who will focus on supporting them to achieve their best and help ensure that their time at college is a positive experience. Their tutor will monitor their progress, set targets and guide and support them with their studies.

Keeping in touch

We know from experience that students are most successful when the College works in partnership with parents/carers and others who support our students. To keep you up‑to‑date with their progress, we will invite you to parents/carers evenings.

You can expect to be contacted if we have any concerns about the progress your child is making here, whether that be in relation to academic progress, attendance or behaviour. You can also expect us to celebrate their successes and let you know when we think they have tackled something really well.

Student progression

We want your child to achieve their full potential and to successfully move on to university or their chosen career at the end of their time at City College. To support this, all students participate in 'My Career Plan' which is fully supported by our expert Futures (Careers & Progression) team to help your child with their next steps. For further information, visit Careers Guidance and Progression.

Student support

We provide excellent resources, advanced technology, dedicated staff and a range of personal and additional learning support services to help our students throughout their studies. For further information, visit Student Support.

Financial support

We support our students who may need financial assistance. This can help with their transport, food, college trips, equipment and uniform if required. For further information, visit Financial Support.

Travel and transport

Our main campus is in the city centre making it very easy to get to. Discounts are available to our students on buses, trains and ferries. If you’re eligible for financial support, and live 1 mile or more from the College, your child's bus travel may be FREE.

Student safety

We are fully committed to making sure all of our students are safe and happy during their time at City College. All students and staff have a campus ID card to enter the College, which must be worn and visible at all times. We have a fully trained safeguarding team to ensure our students are safe at college, at home and at work during their time with us.

Open events

To find out what City College has to offer, come to one of our Open Events. This will give you and your child an opportunity to look around our first-class facilities, talk to our industry expert teachers, meet current students, and find out about the support that is available – from additional learning support to financial help.

Key dates

  • Apply early in Year 11 (ideally Sep – Dec)
    We recommend that your child applies as early as they can to secure their place on their chosen course and to benefit from our taster sessions. See how to apply for information on the application process.
  • Welcome event 
    In June, all confirmed applicants will be personally invited to our short introduction to City College where they will try out their course, have a taste of college life, and meet their tutor and new class mates.
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 24th August 2023
  • Confirming and enrolment - after GCSE results day
    Applicants will be asked to evidence their GCSE results electronically or in-person to confirm their course level, complete enrolment and get their timetable.
  • Start of term - September 2023 
    Classes start this week. See our full Term Dates.