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Information for Schools and Parents

Information for Schools

City College values its strong relationship with schools across Southampton and Hampshire and is fully committed to offering a variety of engaging opportunities for students and teachers to learn more about City College and their options for further study, including career-led courses and apprenticeships.

We offer a wide range of practical taster activities, career workshops, assembly presentations, talks and college tours which can be tailored to suit particular subject areas or year groups if required. You can arrange to come to us or we can visit your school. We also welcome any thoughts or suggestions that you may have.

Making an application to City College - course applications can be made on our website (this is the easiest and most secure method), alternatively you can request a paper application form by emailing: admissions@southampton-city.ac.uk 

14-16 Education (KS4) - School Group Provision

We offer qualifications across a range of subject areas for groups of Year 10 or Year 11 learners, delivered over 1 or 2 years.  A school group of up to 16 learners will typically attend for one morning or afternoon per week, and would be accompanied by a member of your school staff. 

For further information about what we can offer your school group, or to discuss your requirements, please get in touch. Email KS4@southampton-city.ac.uk  

Open Events

  • Wednesday 29 March 2023, 4pm - 7pm
  • Saturday 17th June 2023, 10am - 12pm

Year 10 Taster Days

Our Taster Days are designed to enable Year 10 students to experience two subject areas of interest, which is particularly beneficial for subjects that are not studied at school. It will also help support them with their post-16 college and career options.

  • Monday 10th July 2023
  • Tuesday 11th July 2023

If your school would like to send a group of Year 10 students to one of our Taster Days, please email our Admissions Team admissions@southampton-city.ac.uk and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.  Individual Year 10 students from your school are also welcome as long as they have your written permission.

Transition Support Sessions (vulnerable students)

If you have any extremely vulnerable Year 11 students, either with an EHCP or a high level of pastoral or learning support need, that would benefit from some additional support in their transition from school to college, please let us know. 

Please email admissions@southampton-city.ac.uk with names of any vulnerable students that you would like us to contact to arrange a support session for during the Spring or Summer term.

For further details, or to discuss how we can best meet your student's needs, please call our Admissions Team on 023 8048 4848 or email admissions@southampton-city.ac.uk  

Information for Parents

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 with excellent opportunities for progression.

Our career-led courses fully prepare young people for the world of work. They will learn in real-life working environments, using industry standard equipment delivered by industry experienced tutors.

All full-time students will follow a study programme which consists of their main subject as well as English and maths and aspects of work experience.

City College promotes the progression of students into Higher Education or employment following the completion of their course. Our dedicated team based in our on-site Futures Centre will guide students through applications (university and jobs), CV writing, interview techniques and much more.

City College’s main campus is located in the heart of Southampton so is easy to get to by public transport. Discounted bus tickets are available from First and Bluestar buses for our students. If you're eligible for financial support their bus travel for college may be FREE.

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.

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.

  • 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 to confirm their course level and get their timetable.
  • Start of term - September 2023 
    Classes start this week. See our full Term Dates.