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This section of our website is designed to equip parents/carers with the essential information you need to help your son or daughter make some important decisions about their future.

Let’s explode some of the myths that currently surround post-16 education …

1. Young people do not have to stay at school until they achieve a GCSE grade 4 (C) in both English and maths – they can retake these alongside a higher level course or try Functional Skills (equivalent qualifications in practical English and maths skills).

2. Young people can apply for an Apprenticeship even if they do not achieve a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English and maths – as part of their day release they will study Key Skills if they haven’t achieved a GCSE grade 4 (C), these are practical maths and English skills relevant to their Apprenticeship.

3. If young people choose a National Diploma they can go on to study a university-level course – for specific Degree and Foundation Degree entry requirements please see the UCAS website (

We know that parents/carers have a huge part to play when it comes to helping young people making plans for the future. Young people look to their parents for help and reassurance that they are doing the right thing. But what if you don’t know?

This section of our website will give you information about other important aspects to think about when coming to College - for example the help, support and funding that is available. It will also highlight some of the benefits of coming to City College Plymouth that you as a parent might appreciate.

“The large majority of learners make expected or better progress based on their attainment before coming to College.” Ofsted 2012

Parents and Carers

Parents and Carers

Parents and Carers

"Just a quick e-mail to say thank you for the taster sessions my son attended in half term. He and his friend came out buzzing and chatted of their experiences on the way home

Since then, Harry has talked of his intention to apply for an Engineering Apprenticeship next year, he is currently a year 10 student.

Thanks again for providing this opportunity four young people, I think its fantastic."

Claire Davies - Parent

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