January Open Evening
Thinking about studying at Weston College in September 2019?
On Tuesday 29th January we're opening our 3 main campuses to hundreds of young people and adults who're interested in joining one of our courses.
Come have a look around, meet our lecturers and find our more about what's on offer at the only Ofsted 'outstanding' College in the region.
Pre-register below now to beat the queues on the day!
Frequently asked questions...
To help you make the most of open evening, we’ve put together a set of questions and answers. This will give some basic information about open evening, the college and the options available when you leave school.
What's at each campus?
Here’s where each ‘subject area’ will be based at open evening.
- Creative and Digital
- Visual Arts
- Music and Media
- A Levels.
South West Skills Campus:
- Building Services
- Civil Engineering
- Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
- Business and Travel
- Access to HE
- Animal and equine
- Hair and Beauty
- Health & Social Care
- Catering and Hospitality
- Law and Professional services
- Performing and Production Arts
- Early Years
- Public services
- Sensory Learning.
What's a BTEC?
BTECs are designed for young people interested in a particular sector or industry, but who are not yet sure what job they’d like to do.
They’re work-related qualifications that combine practical learning with subject and theory content. There are over 2,000 BTECs across 16 sectors. They are available from entry level to Level 7 (professional qualifications, equivalent to postgraduate study).
BTEC stands for the Business and Technology Education Council.
How many hours per week will I spend in college?
This depends on the level and subject of your course.
Level 3 courses (and three A Levels), include around 20 hours of timetables classes each week over two years. This works out at around four full days a week in College.
Level 1 and 2 courses include similar hours, but are taught over one year.
Apprenticeships normally involve one day a week in College, with the rest spent at work.
What's a study programme?
Study programmes comprise all the elements that make up your College timetable.
As well as your qualification, study programmes also include the ‘supplementary’ aspects of your College education.
So, a study programme could be made up of:
- Your qualification (which might be academic, vocational or technical)
- Maths and/or English development
- Work experience and/or employability skills
- Personal and social development
- Independent study skills.
All elements of the study programme have to be completed in order to pass the course.
What's work experience/placement?
Work experience gives students a ‘taste’ of what it’s like to be employed. It helps you develop the knowledge and skills relevant to your course and future career.
Virtually all study programmes includes work experience.
The length of your work experience will depend on your course. For instance, most work experience last a week, but if you’re studying a vocational course (one that’s focused on a particular job role), you’ll probably be required to do more.
The College will help you find somewhere to do work experience, and will support you throughout.
Do I have to go to College every day?
It’s likely that you’ll have timetabled classes to attend every day. But you’ll also have plenty of gaps – or free periods – in your timetable, which you can use for private study or independent work.
The College has outstanding facilities to support your independent study, including a LibraryPlus at each campus.
Can I get extra support if I need it?
We aim to support you throughout your time here to make sure that you are happy, safe, and able to reach your potential.
Here are some of the support services we offer:
- Personal tutors – This will be your their first point of contact.
- Counselling – An opportunity to talk about personal issues in a private setting.
- Career advice – Guidance about courses and career pathways.
- Welfare – Advice on issues that could impact your studies.
- Childcare – All 16 to 20-year-old parents at College are entitled to free childcare.
- Health issues – Confidential support across a range of health-related areas.
- Learning support – All students with additional support needs, such as those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, receive the support they need to reach their potential.
What's the food like?
Each of our three main campuses has its own canteen, which serves a selection of hot and cold food.
Every day, we serve breakfast, a mid-morning snack and lunch, and most menu items cost less than £3. As well as three weekly menus, we serve a selection of baguettes, sandwiches and paninis, plus you can help yourself to a salad for as little as £1.60.
We also have options available for most dietary requirements … plus all campuses also have a Costa Coffee.
Will I have to do maths and English?
English and maths skills are essential to everyday life, and gaining a recognised qualification in these subjects is more important than you might think.
If you're aged between 16 and 18, English and maths development is included in your study programme. And, if don't have a grade 4/C at GCSE in either English or maths when you join us, we’ll help you work towards this level.
We also offer A Levels in English Literature, English Language, Maths and Further Maths.
What's an apprenticeship and how do I get one?
An apprenticeship is a type of course which combines on-the-job training and study.
Most apprentices attend college one day a week and spend the rest of the week at work. Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level, the apprentice’s ability and the industry sector.
We receive new vacancies from employers every day, and can help you choose the right course and employer.
Traineeships are for people who aren’t quite ready for an apprenticeship. They are also mostly in the workplace and include a mix of personal and social development and employability skills.
What information should I try to find out at the open evening?
If you’ve made up your mind which subject and course you want to study, it’s a good idea to get some more details about the course. For instance, you could take a closer look at the course facilities, and independent study areas.
If you’re not clear on what you want to study, have a think about the type of career you want – or perhaps the subjects you were good at and enjoyed most at school.
Our careers team can then help identify range of courses that might suit you. You can then chat to tutors in those course areas and find out more about the qualifications available.