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Course Info for Parents of Year 11

College plans during Covid-19

We understand that making decisions for your son or daughter’s education after school can be extremely daunting, even more so during the current Covid-19 pandemic as we find our processes for progression changed from the norm.

We are reassuring parents/carers of current applicants and current year 11 students that are still making decisions on what to do in September, that we are 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 planning and preparing for re-opening, when its safe to do so. 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.

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.

We continue to update our website for current students and their parents/carers on how we are working through the Covid-19 situation and our plans going forward. Covid-19 updates

Contact us

Due to the recent COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the Government, the college building is currently closed to staff, students and the public. Our Information team remain operational throughout this unprecedented period and can be contacted via the following methods:

  • Course application enquiries email: admissions@peterborough.ac.uk
  • General enquiries email: info@peterborough.ac.uk
  • 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

FAQs and further information for parents/carers

  • What are my son/daughter's options after their GCSEs - Read more ...

    Once your son/daughter has finished year 11 there are a number of different ways they can continue with their education. For many young people, this may be the first time they are making an important decision that will affect their future, therefore it is important that they decide on a direction that is right for them. Parents and carers will usually receive questions from their child about what to do next and will need your support.

    All young people in England aged 16 and over must continue with some form of education or training. They can:

    • Study a full-time study programme in a College,
    • 6th form or other training institution
    • Undertake an Apprenticeship or Traineeship
    • Work or volunteer whilst studying part-time

    Full time study
    Full-time study is the most popular choice for students after they finish their GCSEs.
    Generally there are two routes available, depending on how your son/daughter prefers to study – vocational courses and individual subjects:

    Vocational courses – designed to prepare the learner for a specific trade or industry, these qualifications include BTECs, NVQs and Cambridge Technicals and are ideal for those who want to combine theory work with practical, hands on learning and experience.

    Individual subjects – these qualifications include A Levels and other subject based programmes like the International Baccalaureate. If your son/daughter prefers more of a theory approach to learning, then these may be ideal. A Levels are now studied over two years, with exams taking place at the end of the second year. In the majority of subjects, coursework does not count towards the final grade – it is therefore important to know that unless the full two years are studied, no qualification will be gained.
    Another important factor to take into consideration is that both routes can ultimately lead onto the University path, should your son/daughter wish.
    Level 3 vocational qualifications are the equivalent of A Levels, for example, a full BTEC Level 3 course studied for 2 years at Peterborough Regional College is the equivalent of 3 A Levels studied in a 6th form.

     

  • Why should my son/daughter choose PRC? - Read more ...

    The College prides itself on providing superb facilities to all of 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.

    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 also encourage our students to think, work and study more independently, while still enjoying the benefits of close tutor support. This means our students are better prepared to start their career or university life.

  • Our steps to success programme - Read more ...

    We are aware that your son/daughter will not have the opportunity to take their exams this year and show their full potential, and as such we are now offering conditional offers for all of our applicants.

    As we are such a large organisation offering a wide variety of subjects ranging from Entry Level to Level 3 (A Level equivalent), we are able to remain flexible during the first 6 weeks of term and move students across levels/courses where necessary.
    We call this our Steps to Success Programme:

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

    We offer a wide range of full time courses with many being offered at various different levels, depending on the grade achieved when leaving school. As mentioned before, during this unprecedented time we can offer a place and level using your son/daughter’s predicted grade as a guideline, and if necessary during the first 6 weeks, transfer them to the most appropriate course/level with the support and guidance of our dedicated staff.

  • How does my son/daughter apply for a course at PRC? - Read more ...

    At the moment we can only take online applications. If your son/daughter would like to apply for a full-time course or Apprenticeshipc at PRC they can use our course search facility on the website:

    – Search by subject
    – Search by keyword

    Once your son/daughter have found the course they wish to apply for, they simply click the “apply” button and complete the application form. Once they have submitted their application, they’ll receive a confirmation email from us that the application has been received and is being processed. We will continue to stay in touch with them via email and provide updates regarding their application with us.

    If your son/daughter is still undecided or would like some careers advice, our dedicated Careers Advisor, Matt Webb is available to have a virtual meeting. You can contact Matt on careers@peterborough.ac.uk

  • Our study programmes explained - Read more ...

    Is your son/daughter more of a practical thinker? They may learn more by ‘doing’ rather than ‘listening’. If this is the case then they may be better suited to a hands-on, practical, vocational study programme.

    There are 4 main mechanisms to our study programmes of which your son/daughter will follow if they choose to study with us. Essentially, this means that they will not just study their chosen subject, but a programme tailored to equip them with the essential skills and experience for their next step, whether that be a career or university.

    Our study programmes contain 4 main mechanisms:parent-guide 2019-20-inner.indd

    1. Main Qualification – This is the main body of the programme where students will gain the experience and skills they need to progress into their chosen career.
    2. English and Maths – Achieving a good level of English and maths is important for young people to compete in today’s employment market. Students who haven’t achieved English and maths at grade 4 or above will  required to re-take the GCSE and it will be built into their study programme.
    3. Work Placement – This is a key component of our study programmes and aims to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and develop those critical employability skills needed for real working conditions. It’s mandatory on some courses for work placement hours to be completed. However all students are encouraged to complete a number of work placement hours to ensure they are fully prepared for their future career. Find out more here – Work placements
    4. Pastoral and Academic Tutorial – Achievement Support Leads will deliver a balanced pastoral programme to students and will also track and follow- up on attendance. Our Academic Tutors will hold 1-1 meetings to support and track student progress.
  • Information on Apprenticeships - Read more ...

    Apprenticeships will allow your son/daughter to kick start their career by gaining real life work experience, practical skills and qualifications – all while earning a wage!

    An Apprenticeship is a great alternative to a full-time course, allowing them to work as a paid employee in their chosen industry whilst receiving off -the-job training.

    Depending on the level, industry and your son or daughters existing skills, Apprenticeships can last between one and five years. They will be employed full-time and work a minimum of 30 hours per week with their employer and will spend time at the College to complete the formal training. Entry requirements differ depending on the apprenticeship programme your son/daughter is applying for.

    Find out more about apprenticeships here – Apprenticeships

  • What support can you provide for my son/daughter? Read more ...

    We have extensive additional support in place through a dedicated team, providing extra support over and above what is normally provided in a standard learning environment. It is available for learners assessed with barriers to learning Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and those with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

    All learners with an identified need will receive an assessment of their support requirements. To support this for those with complex needs and or an EHCP this
    process may include:

    • Gathering information from the current educational setting and or professionals involved with the learner (this may include observations of meeting specialist
      needs, sharing risk assessments and care/support plans)
    •  Identifying and planning for any transition work, visits or tasters/preparation days at the college
    • Liaising with the relevant Local Authority to establish provision requirements and ability to meet the learners needs

    We offer regular 1:1 contact with a personal pastoral tutor (Achievement Support Lead) ensuring students are supported at every stage of their learning journey. We also have a team of Youth Workers who are there to support students each day, providing help with special tutorial subject matters, organising daily enrichment activities outside of the classroom and most importantly to be a friendly face around the College.

    We also understand that after a period of homeschooling during the COVID-19 outbreak, returning to a formal learning environment in September may bring with it further challenges and additional support needs, including emotional support.

    We have a large support team available to assist students throughout this transition period, regardless of what additional assistance they may need, and help them adjust to their new learning environment after what could be a break of 5+ months.

    For detailed information on what support is covered, please visit the following link on our website – Learner Support

    Health and Wellbeing
    As part of our commitment to our students’ wellbeing we have a dedicated Wellbeing Team to provide them with help and support through their transition from school and
    throughout their time here at the College.

    Our Wellbeing Team are trained in Mental Health First Aid and there are additional staff members around the wider college who have also been trained to offer this support. A team of first aiders support our Health and Wellbeing Advisor who works closely with the NHS Schools Nurse Team supporting access to external services.

    For more information on health and wellbeing at the college please visit the following link – Health & Wellbeing

  • How will my son/daughter get to college? Read more ...

    Our college buses drop off and pick up right outside the College entrance so students only need to make their way to and from their local pick up point. To see our current bus routes along with drop off/pick up times please visit the following link – Transport – Getting to college

    If your son or daughter prefers to cycle, ride or drive, there is a secure area for bikes, motorcycles and also a free student car park for those who live more than 2 miles away from the College, accessible via the Eastfield Road entrance.

  • Are there any costs involved with the courses? Read more ...

    The College has a range of financial support packages which may be available for students to help reduce some of the costs associated with study. Please visit the following link to find out more about the financial support which may be available – Financial Support