Parents of prospective learners
As a parent you know that this is a crucial time for your child when making decisions for their future career paths and deciding where and what to study. At Weston College we want to help support you in what can seem like a daunting decision-making process.
Our focus in on ‘careers not courses’ and as a result we have a dedicated team at the College that can support you and your child with their application and transition to Weston College. Please click here to access all the information on our School Liaison Team and find out about all the events they have planned.
In addition, we have an exclusive bit of software that can support you and your child explore their career options. Our Career Coach programme allows you and your child to:
- Explore careers and labour market information
- Undertake a career assessment to identify your child’s key characteristics and skills and which careers these link to
- All careers are then mapped to our provision, so you can see what programme will help your child achieve their career goal
Use our unique careers programme, Career Coach to discover your ideal job and find out the skills required and where the jobs are!
Understanding the post-16 Education Landscape
Today, there are not only a large number of subject areas, but also a number of different types of qualification that someone can study as part of their programme at post-16. To help you and your child navigate this, our schools team have created a really useful and concise guide that takes you through the five key qualification your child has to choose from at Weston College:
- Technical Qualifications
- T Levels
- A Levels
Before your child applies to study at Weston College we also recommend visiting the College at an open event. Although we currently can't hold our open events in the usual way, we still have lots of opportunities for you to speak to our wonderful tutors and learn more about our programmes and state-of-the-art facilities.
In addition, brand new for 2020 we have introduced 360 degree tours to our website, allowing you to relax, kick back and take a look around our campuses from the comfort of your own home!
At Weston College, learners are at the heart of everything we do and we will support your child to grow, achieve their ambitions and reach their true potential. We also appreciate that support is integral to this, so please be reassured that that as a college we have invested in high-quality wrap around support for all our learners.
Your child will have access to:
- Welfare and Pastoral Support Services
- Additional Learning Support
- Careers Advice Team
- Specialist Mental Health Team
- Body and Mind support programme
- LibraryPlus services including Learning Mentors
- Enrichment and Students’ Union
- College Chaplain
KEY CONTACTS FOR COLLEGE SERVICES
Below provides an overview of key faculty contacts and absence lines, which should be used to report if your child is not attending college.
This is an important time for both you and your son or daughter – decisions made now could have a big impact on their future. If you have any questions or comments, please give us a ring on 01934 411 411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it better for my child to stay at their school?
That depends on your child – we believe in giving guidance based on the individual student. Many young people feel they have outgrown school and there can be many advantages to College life. We have a wider selection of courses than school. We usually have a broader range of facilities and resources and encourage young people to begin thinking, working and studying more independently, while still enjoying the benefits of close tutor support. That means our students are better prepared to start their career and for university life.
Will I have to pay for the course?
There are no tuition fees for students aged 16 to 18, though they may need to buy specialist equipment for their course. Many courses offer residential trips and visits and some financial support may be available to help meet some of these costs. Many courses also require students to carry out fundraising to help meet the cost of such trips.
Can I continue to receive child benefit?
The parent or carer of any student under 18 can continue to receive child benefit while they remain in full-time education. For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk
Will there be any financial support available?
For more information on financial support please call Student Services on 01934 411 411 or visit weston.ac.uk/supporting-you/financial-support
How will my child get to College?
All full-time students can get a subsidised bus pass to travel to College from across the area. Visit weston.ac.uk/travelling-to-college for full details
Can I visit the College?
We contact all potential students and ask them to come to an interview with their course tutor. Family members are actively encouraged to attend the interview too and ask questions about the course and other aspects of being at College.
Parents of Year 11 applicants will be invited to a parents' information evening, which take place twice a year and provide information on the support and services available for students. You are also welcome to visit Weston College and view our facilities. Call us on 01934 411 411 to arrange a visit.
Will I receive feedback on my son or daughter’s progress?
Your son or daughter will have a personal tutor who will invite you to parents’ evenings to discuss their progress. You will also receive a report updating you on their progress and how well they are doing on their course.
Their tutor will monitor their attendance and contact you with any concerns.
What happens if problems arise?
Studying at College can be very different for students. They will be given all the support and encouragement they need to successfully complete their course, but they will also be given more responsibility and have greater expectations placed on them.
If problems arise over unexplained absences from College, failure to complete coursework or bad behaviour, then we will contact you. We hope you will help us overcome any problems so your son or daughter can continue to study well at College.
Will my son/daughter have a timetable?
We’ll give them an individual timetable when they start at College. College hours are very different from school hours in terms of start and finish times. Private study periods are essential and students are expected to use them for study and to make use of the library. The majority of students have no timetabled lessons on Wednesday afternoons to give them time to take part in the many sports and activities we offer.
Is careers advice available?
If your son or daughter isn’t sure about which course is suitable for them, then we can offer careers advice. Arrange a session by contacting reception on 01934 411 411.
What if my child would like to go on to a degree course?
Each year, hundreds of students from Weston College progress onto Higher Education, whether that be a degree or apprenticeship degree. The Careers Advice Team work with learners and tutors to provide a comprehensive programme of support for learners, as well as a number of events for parents too!
University Centre Weston (UCW) offers over 25 degree-level qualifications so that learners can study without leaving the area. Check out their website (www.ucw.ac.uk) and all Weston College learners progressing to UCW receive a scholarship bursary.
A parent's view
"During his final year of school, my son was totally undecided whether to remain at sixth form or move on to college.
"However, after visiting Weston College for an open evening made the decision easy. We received some fantastic advice and guidance on the courses and subjects available and were immediately impressed with the facilities.
"The entire process of choosing and applying for courses and enrolling was made simple and completely hassle-free - which really put our mind at rest as parents.
"My son thoroughly enjoys going to College every day and also gets involved in a number of activities that are also available. It's a decision he hasn't regretted for a second."