In Welcome Week (first week of college) you will meet your Personal Tutor and teaching staff who are there to help you make the most of your time at college and ensure that your learning programme is right for you.
Your Personal Tutor and teaching staff will:
- Regularly review your learning and development
- Help you to produce action plans with realistic, stretching and achievable targets for all aspects of your learning programme – SMART target setting.
- Help you to contact other services such as Progression & Guidance, Learning Support, Health Practitioner, or the Counselling Service
- Prepare your references and progress reports
- Keep you informed of important information such as how to apply to further/higher education or training courses or other progression opportunities
- Monitor your attendance
- Deliver regular learning and development sessions around economic financial and personal well-being, community and culture topics
- Encourage parental involvement, liaise with parents as appropriate.
If you’re thinking of leaving college before the end of your course, please discuss it with your Personal Tutor, Teacher or the Information, Advice and Guidance Team located in Information + first so that you understand all options open to you.
There are lots of people at college who can support you in many ways. We have a team of mentors and your Personal Tutor or Teacher can help you access these.
Regular meetings with your Personal Tutor or Teacher are a very important part of your learning programme and you are expected to attend all arranged meetings. You will have regular learning and development sessions.
As part of the learning and development programme, you will have regular meetings with your Personal Tutor to monitor progress and help you set targets and plan ahead.
We also arrange a talk for parents so that they can understand the opportunities and the financial implications of going to University.
Careers education and guidance
Your Personal Tutor will help you to:
- Think hard about the career or course which is right for you
- Help you set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Relevant, Time bound) targets to reach your goal
- Explore all the options open to you
- Prepare CVs and applications
- Practice interview techniques.
If you need more help in deciding what to do next, or are finding it difficult to know whether to look for a job or improve your qualifications by taking another course, you can also get help from The Progression Guidance Service. There is also a careers library in Library+. Computerised packages designed to help you make the right choice are available on the network. You can book an appointment for a Progression Guidance Interview through your Personal Tutors, Information+ the Progression Guidance Service or itslearning.
The college awards a number of scholarships to students each year for outstanding achievement in areas such as academic and vocational excellence, effort, progress, overcoming obstacles, diligent attendance and contributing to college life.