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Applying to PRC – we have a place for you!

For year 11 students who are considering applying to college for September, we would like to reassure you that your application will not be in any way disadvantaged because of the exceptional circumstances in which qualifications are having to be awarded this year. We are also able to remain flexible during the first 6 weeks of term and move students across levels/courses where necessary. This is to ensure that each student is placed on the right course at the right level enabling them to maximise their full potential with the support and guidance of our dedicated staff.

We are already in the process of a phased re-opening of the college and we hope that we will be fully re-opened for the start of the next academic year, however this is not guaranteed. If needed, we have contingency plans in place for a range of potential scenarios, which we will communicate over the coming months if required.

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Contact us

Due to the recent COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the Government, the college building is currently closed to the public and we are in the process of  a phased reopening. Should you have any questions, our Information team remain operational throughout this unprecedented period and can be contacted via the following methods:

  • Course application enquiries email:
  • General enquiries email:
  • Online chat  – our live chat facility is available on every page of our website where you will be able to chat with one of our advisors
  • Online enquiry form – you can also submit an online enquiry through our contact us form

How to Apply for a course and FAQs

  • How to apply

    The easiest way to search for a course is by subject area or using our course search facility. Select the course you wish to apply for and click the ‘Apply’ button. Once you have submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email from us that your application has been received and is being processed. We will continue to stay in touch with you and provide updates regarding your application with us.

    As the college is currently closed please follow the guidance above on how to apply online. Paper applications sent in the post will not be actioned until the college reopens and this could lead to a significant delay in you securing a place at the college.

  • Interview Process

    We know that you may be worried about how the qualifications you are currently studying will get graded following the cancellation of this summer’s exams. We understand, too, that you might have concerns about how this will affect enrolment on the course you wish to apply for. In light of these exceptional circumstances, PRC has decided to remove the interview step of our admissions process and you will automatically receive a conditional offer at the college. We are well qualified and experienced in ensuring that students are placed and supported on the right course and you have our reassurance that, whatever happens, we will have a course for you to enrol on this coming September 2020.

  • Starting your course in September

    The first six weeks of your course are the beginning of our Steps to Success Programme. Within this programme you will be able to access support and decide if the course you have begun is the right one for you and your future. These include (but are not limited to):

    • Allowing you to change course if you change your mind
    • Moving you between course levels if you are finding the current level too easy/too hard
    • Incorporating English and maths GCSE into your timetable if you require it (16-18 year old students only)
    • Supporting you with accessing external work experience as part of your study programme
    • Providing access to additional learning support should you need extra support in the classroom or an assessment for learning resources
    • Regular 1:1 meetings with your personal tutor (Achievement Support Lead), who will get to know you and ensure you are happy and engaged with your course
    • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

    Our commitment to student success is paramount, we are successfully using technology innovatively and have rolled out Google Education Suite, allowing us to keep engaging with our students. We have already put a number of measures in place so that our current cohort of students continue to learn effectively and remain on programme and we will enhance this further for the next academic year, for new students, if this is needed. We acknowledge that there are some difficulties with some practical units and subjects but that we are working hard to ensure that technology can aid student progress.

  • Why choose PRC?

    The College prides itself on providing superb facilities to all our students and a strong emphasis is placed upon preparing our students for the world of work.

    Our courses include practical and technical skills development as well as the underpinning knowledge to support progression into further education, higher education, apprenticeships and employment. Our excellent links with employers will help to prepare you for your next steps, whether that is through ‘real life’ work projects, work experience placements or specialist guest lectures. Our extensive Higher Education offer through University Centre Peterborough means that students have a broad choice of options up to undergraduate degree level, all within one campus.

    We offer much more than qualifications, our aim is to ensure that all our students develop key employability and life skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership, problem solving and resilience. We actively encourage our students to aim high.

    We are committed to our students, their families, our community, our employers and our regional partners. Collaboration, teamwork and excellence are at the heart of all that we do. We work hard to develop a respectful and open culture that celebrates the diversity of our city which in turn creates a caring, friendly, supportive and inclusive place to learn and work.

    If you decide that PRC is the place to study then whatever your abilities or ambitions, we are confident that we will have a course to meet your needs.

  • Which course is right for me?

    Below is a guide on the levels we offer along with a brief explanation:

    Entry Level – Entry level courses help develop your personal and work skills, in preparation for further qualifications and study levels. They are available at three levels and include subjects such as Childcare, Health & Social Care, ESOL and Motor Vehicle.

    Level 1 – Foundation Level – Level 1 courses usually last for one year and are ideal for those with little knowledge of the subject area. On successful completion learners can move onto study a Level 2 course if they meet the entry requirements.

    Level 2 – Intermediate Level – Level 2 courses usually last for one year and are equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grade 4 and above (or grade C and above on the previous grading system). A level 2 course will develop your subject knowledge further and build on your practical experience at college and through work experience. On successful completion learners can move onto study a level 3 course if they meet the entry requirements.

    Level 3 – Advanced Level – Level 3 courses generally last two years, depending on the size of qualification. They are equivalent to A Levels and are designed to develop an in-depth knowledge of a particular subject area, essential for progression onto University or into higher level roles in the world of work.

    Level 4/5 – Higher Education – Level 4/5 courses are degree level courses. Level 4 HNCs usually last for one year, and level 5 HNDs for two years, and aim to develop a specialised in-depth knowledge of a subject area. After successful completion of the level 5, learners can gain employment or alternatively progress onto a ‘top up’ degree. Other HE qualifications include Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4 and 5, Higher Apprenticeships and other Professional qualifications.

  • Will my college course allow me to progress to University?

    Yes, over 95% of universities will accept a BTEC Extnded if you have achieved a good grade. BTEC Nationals can be worth up to 168 UCAS points – this is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

    Please note: Different courses have different requirements so we recommend students do their own research to check entry requirements at their university of choice.

  • How many hours a week will I be studying?

    Hours per week will vary between courses, but typically you will have 15-20 hours classroom contact a week. In addition, you will be required to study independently and some courses such as performing arts or catering will also require you to be available some evenings for performances or themed catering events. Tutors will discuss your hours in further detail at interview.

  • How will I get to College?

    We offer a number of bus routes to college from a wide range of areas in and around Peterborough. See our transport section for further information.

  • What is expected of me?

    At college, we believe in your independence and we treat you like an adult. Which means, while you don’t have to be in college between classes, we do expect you to come to class! We have attendance monitors who monitor your attendance weekly and our tutors also enforce a strict attendance policy. Parents of students under 18 will receive attendance reports and are notified if their son/daughter does not turn up to class.


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