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Thinking about choosing College?

Year 11 can be a very confusing and daunting time for both students and their parents. If you’re thinking about leaving school and coming to College, then now is the time to be looking at what’s on offer, what grades you need to achieve and when you need to take action.

Our website and prospectus contain detailed information on all the programmes we offer, including entry requirements. We will have a level to suit you, no matter what your GCSE grades are, starting with entry level programmes, up to level 1, 2 and 3 for school-leavers.

At sixth form you will usually choose a few subjects to study – at College you choose one subject area as part of your study programme. This includes English and maths at the correct level for you, as well as PPD (Personal & Professional Development) and work experience. With a wide variety of technical and professional options available, you will be learning in an adult environment, and will be able to develop what you are learning in a real work environment.

Thinking about going to university in the future? A Level 3 Diploma will give you the qualifications you need to apply for a degree – check the UCAS website for individual university entry requirements.

Applications to start College in September 2020 are open now. These need to be made online either via our website or via the Kent Choices website. We accept applications up to the start of the programme and beyond that as long as we still have places, but some programmes can become full, so we advise everyone to apply as early as they can.

Once we have received your application, we will write to you with a date to come into College for an interview with the tutor. The thought of having an interview can sound a bit scary, but please don’t worry. Our interviews are informal and are designed to help us gauge your interest in the programme and for you to ask any questions you may have. 

If you’re thinking of coming to College, but are unsure about which programme to choose, or what job you’d like to do in the future, then you can make an appointment with one of our careers advisers first to talk about the options. Once you’ve made a decision, they can help you with your application.

College is not just about studying…there are lots of activities you can get involved with from fundraising, live music performances to our annual pantomime or maybe you want to become a student ambassador and represent the College at events. If you prefer to relax, we have student social zones at both campuses where you can meet friends and chat, and refectories and coffee shops with a huge range of menu options. 

There’s still time to attend an open event which will give you the chance to view our fantastic state-of-the-art facilities and speak with College tutors about our programmes.

Our Course Enquiries team are available if you have any questions or worries – give them a call on 01634 402020.

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