Providing education and training to Plymouth, Devon, Cornwall and the wider community
Tel: 01752 305300
Q. I’m thinking of coming to college, what help is available to me?
A. For many people, coming to college is a big step that can have a considerable effect on their own and their family’s lives. Our staff are available to offer information and advice to help you make important decisions on your future career plans.
Q. I’m unsure what course to choose - who can help?
A. Our Student Services team can help you in choosing a course that’s right for you. Pre-entry guidance is available to everyone who is thinking of coming to college, giving you up-to-date information and impartial advice on different courses, allowing you to make an informed choice before accepting a place with us.
Q. No formal qualifications?
A. Many mature students have no formal academic qualifications. This is not necessarily a problem for gaining access onto college courses as previous work experience is taken into consideration.
Q. Can I get financial assistance to pay for courses?
A. Yes you can. There is a wide range of funds available which can help you start your course. Our friendly and helpful Student Funding team can help guide you through the types of funds and loans available.
Q. Are childcare facilities available?
A. Yes, our Ofsted registered nursery, Curious Kittens is based at both the Kings Road and Goschen centres.
Q. What help is available for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities?
A. Our Learning Support team endeavours to ensure that any student with a learning difficulty/disability is given advice and support in relation to their specific needs. (We strongly advise any applicant who has a learning difficulty or disability to make this known at initial stages to ensure that any additional support is available as soon as possible.)
Q. Is there support to help me with English and maths?
A. Yes, we can help with literacy and numeracy support if your skills do not meet the requirements for your course.
Q. What's different about attending college as a mature student?
A. Attending college can be an intimidating experience for anyone; however, if you've been away from education for a long period of time, returning to study can be even more daunting. Fitting in with a new group of people, getting into a new routine of attending lectures and tutorials and finding the time and energy to concentrate on completing class work and assignments can be particularly challenging. However, experience shows that mature students are often highly motivated in their chosen area of study, usually because they have a genuine enthusiasm and interest in their chosen programme!
Q. What other support will I receive during my time at college?
A. As a student at City College Plymouth, you are entitled to guidance and support throughout your time with us. Our Student Services team is on hand to give guidance and support when needed, and can help with planning your next steps (further courses at the College, apply for university, or a job!).
Tel: 01752 305803
If you’re aged 24 or older, you can apply for a loan to help cover tuition fees for an Access to Higher Education if it starts on or after 1 August 2013.
And what’s more … if you then progress to complete a higher education course, you won’t have to repay the remaining loan for the Access course!