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Taster sessions now open to all 15 to 18-year-olds

11 October 2021 | College News

After a turbulent two years for recent school-leavers, City College Plymouth has made the unprecedented decision to extend its application deadline until the October half-term for those wishing to study this year.

Every year the College will welcome a small number of late enrolments that are admitted on a case-by-case basis, but after receiving daily enquiries from people wishing to join the College at this late stage, the College has taken the decision to open this up to all who might be having second thoughts. 

Those aged 16 to 18 who are rethinking their current situation are invited to visit the College for taster sessions during the upcoming half-term.

Ellen Cotter, Marketing & Student Recruitment Officer said: “Those of us who have already completed our education cannot imagine having to make these important decisions after such a trying time. 

“The upheaval of school closures and lockdowns appears to have left many 16 to 18-year-olds feeling lost and that they might have made the wrong decision about their post-16 options. However, our lecturers are very skilled when it comes to supporting young people and they all feel they could take on new recruits even at this stage, and they will work with them closely to get them up to speed.”

The October half-term taster sessions are usually held for current Year 11s, but the College has now opened these up to all 15 to 18-year-olds who wish to learn about the hundreds of courses offered at City College. Taster sessions are also a great opportunity to see the College’s cutting-edge facilities, which include the new Digital Learning Quarter and Augmented Welding Suite.

Ellen added: “Nobody – especially someone as young as 16 – should feel that they can’t change their mind when it comes to something as important as their future career. We know so many have missed out on careers activities and work experience at school due to the pandemic, so it is only natural some will be rethinking their futures. 

“Attending a taster session is a great way to see if the College is a better fit for you without interfering with what you are currently doing.”

Taster Week will run from Tuesday 26 October to Thursday 28 October, with sessions taking place between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Those unsure about their future can attend more than one session providing these times don’t clash. Lunch is included on the day.

To secure your spot at the College’s taster sessions please visit

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