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What can I expect on the course?

Welcome and getting you started

When you start college you will be provided with all the information you need to get started on your course - this is called 'induction'. This will include things like, how to use the IT and login to the college system, an introduction to all the support services, including the Student Union, Learning Resources Centre, etc. This might also include a tour of the college and perhaps some team building activities to get to know other students, etc.

Probationary Period

When you start college you will be given set deadlines for your first assignment and you may be given tests to find out your starting level for certain skills. You will be expected to turn up on time and be ready to learn, with a positive attitude. During this period, which can last for six weeks, you may decide that the course is not right for you. If you do, you will be offered careers advice and the opportunity to change course. If the college decides that the course does not suit you or you fail to meet the probationary targets you could be asked to leave the course.


You will probably have a course tutor who will be responsible for your progress on the course. Usually you will have the opportunity to meet with them 1:1 and also in small group tutorials.


Most vocational courses will offer you the opportunity to develop your employability skills through a range of different group activities such as fundraising or volunteering. You may also be offered the opportunity to do some relevant work experience during your course either by working in the college or by going out to an employer.

Enrichment Activities

All colleges offer a range of activities such as Duke of Edinburgh, Young Enterprise, sports teams, and clubs such as film or knitting club. You can also get involved in the Student Union which looks after the interests of the students.

Independent Learning

The college is a more adult learning environment than school so you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning and meet deadlines. You may have exams, course work  and practical tasks that you have to complete.