We always welcome your support while your son or daughter is with us. Through formal meetings, telephone calls or email contact, we value your input and feedback. As one of the top further education colleges in the South West, we have a wide range of excellent courses to suit everyone.
Our students aren’t left to fend for themselves. Our Student Welfare and Progression teams make sure they get all the help and guidance they need, and our experienced Tutors are dedicated to giving our students the brightest futures possible. But Weston College is about more than education. We develop the whole person through an individualised study programme which incorporates their course, English and maths development, employability sessions, tutorials, work experience, and much more... Our students have the chance to experience an exciting new atmosphere, meet new people and gain more independence.
Information before applying
We’ll give your son or daughter plenty of opportunities to find out about Weston College and the courses on offer.
Our specialist Student Progression team organises a number of events to give students information, advice and guidance on choosing the right course for them. They are also available for one-to-one guidance at any time during the year.
For further information, download the Parents Guide here.
Is it better for my child to stay at their school?
That depends on your child – we believe in giving guidance based on the individual student. Many young people feel they have outgrown school and there can be many advantages to College life. We have a much wider selection of courses than school. We usually have a broader range of facilities and specialist resources. We encourage young people to begin thinking, working and studying more independently, while still enjoying the benefits of close tutor support. That means our students are better prepared to start their career and for university life.
Will I have to pay for the course?
There are no tuition fees for students aged 16-18 years, though they may need to buy specialist equipment for their course.
Many courses offer residential trips and visits and some financial support may be available to help meet some of these costs.
Many courses also require students to carry out fundraising to help meet the cost of such trips.
Can I continue to receive child benefit?
The parent or carer of any student under 18 can continue to receive child benefit while they remain in full-time education. For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk
Will there be any financial support available? For more information on financial support please see page 8 or call College Information Services on 01934 411 411.
How will my son/daughter get to College?
All full-time students can get a subsidised bus pass to travel to College from across the area. Currently the cost per term is only £70.
Can I visit the College?
We’ll contact all potential students and ask them to come to an interview with their study programme Tutor. Family members are actively encouraged to attend the interview too and ask questions about the course and other aspects of being at College. You are welcome to visit Weston College and view our facilities at one of our many open evenings throughout the year. We would also be happy to arrange a visit outside of our open evenings; please call us on 01934 411 411 if you would like to arrange a visit.
There are also Parent Information Evenings for all parents of prospective students of the College, held every December and March. This is a great opportunity to find out more about how we will support your son/daughter and make sure they make the most of their time with us.
Will I get feedback on my son/daughter’s progress?
Your son or daughter will have a Personal Tutor who will invite you to parents’ evenings to discuss their progress. Normally there is a ‘settling in’ parents' evening in October, followed by a subject parents evening in February. You will also receive a report updating you on their progress and how well they are doing on their course. Their Tutor will monitor their attendance and contact you with any concerns.
What happens if problems arise?
We know that College is different to school. Your son or daughter will be given all the support and encouragement they need to successfully complete their course, but they will also be given more responsibility and have greater expectations placed on them. If problems arise over unexplained absences from College, failure to complete coursework or bad behaviour, then we will contact you. We hope you will help us overcome any problems so your son or daughter can continue to study well at College.
Will my son/daughter have a timetable?
We’ll give them an individual study plan and timetable when they start at College. For many students this study plan and timetable will include lessons in maths and/or English, enabling learners to work towards maths and/or English qualifications and ultimately achieve an A*-C at GCSE (if they have not already achieved this) which is essential to their future progression. College hours are very different from school in terms of start and finish times.
Private study periods are essential and students are expected to use them for study and make use of the library. The majority of students have no timetabled lessons on Wednesday afternoons to give them time to take part in the many sports and enrichment activities we offer. See pages 24-28 for more information.
Is careers advice available?
If your son or daughter isn’t sure about which course is suitable for them, we can offer information, advice and guidance. A programme of tutorials and the opportunity to arrange a one-to-one appointment are available for all students planning their next steps towards their chosen career.
You can arrange a session by contacting reception on 01934 411 411.
What if my son or daughter would like to go on to a degree course?
In 2014, hundreds of students from Weston College went on to degree-level study – on some courses it was more than 90% of the students who progress to degree-level with us. With Bath Spa University and the University of the West of England, we offer a range of degree-level qualifications so that students can study without leaving the area. Regardless of where students choose to study their degrees, we support them all with their UCAS applications and personal statements.