Students Get a Taste of College Life

22 February 2018 | Student Life

Year 11s were invited to try the ‘college experience’ at City College Plymouth this half term.

Over 100 young people aged 15 to 16, took part in a series of free course taster sessions that gave them the chance to get hands-on with some of the subjects on offer at the College. They tried their hand at cooking in the industry-standard kitchens; took flight and learnt cabin crew skills in the mock air cabin; handcrafted their own metal structures in the state-of-the-art engineering centre; created a computer game with the help of the games development team; and undertook mini hair and beauty treatments in the College’s onsite salon, Stars Hair and Day Spa.

Jo Lacy, the College’s Youth Liaison Officer who organised the week of activities, said: “This is our sixth year running half term taster sessions and we’ve had some fantastic feedback. Not only are they great fun, but they also provide young people with an insight into the opportunities available at the College and help them discover the best route into their chosen career.

“Our current students as they ran Q&A sessions for those attending so they could find out what studying at the College is really like. This addition to the taster sessions seemed really helpful as the students were able to share their College experiences in a peer to peer environment. Our hope is that each session enables young people to get a step closer to making the right choice for their future. That is really why we are here: to help young people gain the skills and attributes needed to enter the world of work.”

The College’s taster sessions take place twice a year in the October and February half terms.

Those interested in discovering different post-16 options can find out more at City College’s Course Information Drop-in event on Wednesday 7 March, 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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