College - what's it all about?
WHY COME TO COLLEGE?
Depending on the course you are doing, full-time tuition is worth around £3,500 per year - so the Government is making a really big investment in your future. That's because it knows that people like you, who are prepared to train, are vital for the future of the economy.
Tuition is FREE (paid for by the Government) if you are 16-18, and for older people in certain circumstances. We may charge a small amount for incidentals such as materials.
You can always give us a ring on 01424 442222 and ask for Student Services, or just pop in for a chat. Just click on the links below for the answers to some of the most-asked questions.
College – what's in it for me?
Government research has proved that qualifications at all levels significantly increase your earning potential – and this increase in earnings is even greater if you are under 25. Not only that, but you are much more likely to get the job you want – even in the current economic climate.
What happens next?
When you contact us, you can talk to us about what sort of career you'd like to have. We're here to make sure you succeed.
You might want to go into employment at the end of your time with us, move on to further study or even go on to higher education. You might even want to earn while you work, in which case an Apprenticeship could be for you.
We have a team of really skilled and knowledgeable experts who talk to people just like you every day. You can ring for a chat or just pop in to our Station Plaza campus - right next Hastings Station.
How is college different to school?
You won't need to wear a uniform for a start!
When you come to college, you are a student, not a pupil. That means that you will be treated like an adult and given the chance to be yourself. You will know your lecturer by their first name – no more Miss or Sir!
That's because we know you're here out of choice and you want to work hard and succeed. We do have something in common with school though – we will expect you to work as hard as we do in making your life a success. College will feel like the workplace – but a really great workplace where we hope you will make lots of friends.
At the same time, though, we appreciate you are still young and may need a little extra help and support during your time with us. So your tutors and other specialist staff will be on hand to help you with any extra assistance you may need.
Both our campuses – at Station Plaza and Ore Valley – are new, fresh and inviting and demonstrate how much we care about the environment in which our students work, study and socialise.
As well as modern education and training facilities, we have fantastic areas in which our students mix, including places to eat.
I really struggled at school. Will college be different?
Yes. College is a special experience – designed for you. Whether you need to make progress in small steps or giant leaps, we can make sure you learn at the pace which suits you and puts you on the right path.
Our courses are classified in "levels". You may have heard of these before. Roughly-speaking, Level 3 is equivalent to A-level, Level 2 to GCSE and Level 1 is below GCSE. We will help you decide which level is right for you to start at – and we will see what help you may need with English and Maths along the way.
Oh, and just in case you are struggling with English or Maths, don't be too concerned. There are literally thousands of people who started like this and have been highly successful in life after going to college. It's just a matter of motivation.
If you think you can't succeed, read the story of former student Jason Guest, here. and we promise you will think again!
There're no jobs – so what's the point of going to college?
Unemployment is high – and particularly among young people - but did you ever wonder what the difference is between those with jobs and those without? The difference is skills. Businesses have to be careful about how many people they employ, it's true. They also have to make sure those people they do take on can work well and be productive. We're here to make sure you have the skills they want!
What are the teachers like?
We call them lecturers – and they are different from the teachers you had at school.
First of all, just like in schools, they are really professional and have to gain teaching qualifications.
There's much more though. As well as being really good at teaching, they are also experts in the jobs they are training people for. They have actually worked in the job which they teach. In fact, many of them are still working in industry and teach as well. So you can be sure they really know what they're talking about.
This means they not only teach you the course content but they are also able to give you that special insider knowledge about how things work in the real world. They pass on the kind of know-how that will give you the edge when you start applying for jobs.
Can I talk to someone about my personal circumstances?
If there are things which are personal to you, and which you think may affect your decision to come to college, just ring us and we will advise you. There may be medical concerns or perhaps something in your family life which you might think will make coming to college difficult. Perhaps you have been unhappy at school and feel nervous about what college will be like.
The chances are that we can help. Just get in touch.
Is there any financial support?
I still have questions
Just ring the college direct and ask to speak to Student Services – our dedicated team of friendly experts who will answer any questions and concerns you may have. Or simply pop in to our Station Plaza campus, next to Hastings Station, have a chat and see our fabulous new campuses for yourself.