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How can I prepare for a Virtual Open Day? - Starting College

Our campuses may be closed but we wanted to make sure you still had the opportunity to get a feel for life at College, find out more about the subject areas you are interested in studying and get the support you need to make your application.
We are really excited to be holding our first “virtual open days” from week commencing 8 June where you will be able to join live webinar sessions with our tutors.

Choosing your options after year 11 is important and online open days are a new experience for most of us so we wanted to help you to make the most of these events.

What can you expect from our Virtual Open Days?
During the webinars the tutors will tell you more about their programmes and about life at College. You can sign up for as many sessions as you want – we have one available for each subject area, one from our Apprenticeships Team, as well as one from each of our support areas such as Admissions, Student Support and Careers. During the session you will also hear from College Principal Simon Cook, get more information on how to apply for a programme and about what student financial support is available. Although you will be able to see the tutor during the session, they won’t be able to see or hear you so please don’t panic about where you are or what you are wearing! There will also be a live chat facility available for you to ask any questions. If you can’t make the live sessions, please don’t worry – they will be recorded and posted on our website for you to watch any time.

How can you prepare for these events?
It’s a good idea to do some research on our website to identify the subject area(s) you want to apply for. Make a shortlist and then register for the appropriate webinar session(s) on our website here. Don’t forget we also offer apprenticeships as well as full-time study programmes!
Make sure you have a notepad and pen handy for when the webinar starts so you can make a note of anything important. It will also be useful for you to have a think about any questions you want to ask beforehand. Here are some examples to get you thinking:

What are the entry requirements for this programme?
What level could I start on with the grades I am predicted?
How much research/work will I need to do at home?

Don’t forget you can also register for sessions with all of our support areas so if you need help with making your application, or want to find out what additional learning support you may be eligible for, we are here to help!


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