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Buzzword Busting! - Starting College

 

During the process of applying to College, attending an open event (whether in person, or online) or reading through the prospectus, you may have come across words and phrases that you’re not sure of.

Don’t panic – we're here to help and explain what they all mean. You’ll be dropping them into your own conversations before you know it!

Study Programme

All full-time students enrol on to a study programme, rather than just a “course.” Your study programme is made up of:

Your main qualification (for example, Level 2 Animal Care)
English (Functional Skills or GCSE)
Maths (Functional Skills or GCSE)
Industry Placement
Personal & Professional Development (PPD)

Together, these elements provide you with the opportunity to achieve the qualifications and skills you need to prepare for work, an apprenticeship or university. All aspects are important, and all need to be completed. We’ve broken them down further for you below.

Functional Skills

These are English & Maths qualifications that you will complete alongside your main qualification if you don’t yet meet the requirements to re-sit GCSE Maths or English. You will be enrolled on a level to suit you and progress from there.

Industry Placement

Also known as work experience! An industry placement forms part of your qualification, and you will need to complete a certain number of hours depending upon the subject area and level you are studying.

Personal & Professional Development (PPD)

During PPD lessons you’ll learn about ways to manage your work, talk about your future options and how you can achieve your goals. You'll also discuss any study, social or personal issues you may have and learn transferable skills to help you in your future job search or university/apprentice applications. These lessons could be done in a group, one-to-one or online.

Bursary 

Some students are entitled to extra money to help pay for education-related costs like clothing, books, travel and so on. Further information and applications for the bursary can be made on our website here.

LRC

This is short for Learning Resource Centre. We have LRCs in all buildings at the College and here you will find textbooks relevant to your programme, and resources to support you in your studies. You will also have access to a huge range of e-resources that are available from home as well as on campus. The friendly staff are always happy to help you find what you need - keep your eye out for their displays each month which highlight a particular topic or theme.

Refectory

Basically, the canteen! Grab a hot or cold drink, snack or main meal. There are loads of menu choices and plenty of room to sit, eat and relax.

Lanyard

This is your College photo ID Badge. Worn around your neck, these must be worn andkept clearly visible at all times whilst on campus.

Blended Learning

This is a phrase which has come into use since the lockdown due to Covid-19. It means a mixture of learning on campus and at home. 

Enrolment

You’ve applied, had your telephone interview and been offered a place. The next step for you is... enrolment! This is the formal process for you to accept your offer of a place by attending an enrolment session, where you will provide proof of your identity and your GCSE results if required. You’ll be given your photo ID badge (lanyard) and given a date for your first day at College.

Tutor/Lecturer

We tend to use these titles instead of “teacher” here at the College.

We hope this helps, but if you do need more info or are worried about anything, drop us a line at course.enquiries@midkent.ac.uk or send a live chat through our website.

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