What happens now?
Once an application has been received, an interview date will be sent out. This allows us to make sure that your child has chosen the right course and allows them the opportunity to find out about the course or programme and ask any questions. Parents are very welcome to attend the interview.
Usually an offer will be made with conditions attached, such as GCSE grades that you child will need to achieve at school. For a few, a referral to our guidance staff will be made to help look at achievable, alternative options.
There is an opportunity to visit East Sussex College at the end of the summer to attend classes in the subjects they have initially chosen – we call these Get to Know Days – and would strongly recommend that, if possible, your child attends.
Information will be sent out about what to do on GCSE results day; along with advice on student support and enrolment over the summer period. Some curriculum areas may send out work to be completed over the holiday period ready for handing in at the start of the new academic year.
Once term starts in September; the first week is usually seen as an introduction to East Sussex College and is an opportunity to help make the transition from school to College as easy as possible. During this time your child will meet their personal and academic tutors; find out about student support such as additional learning support, counselling and help with course
They will also be issued with a timetable so they know what they are doing. Changes in study are possible up until October and your child should talk to their personal and academic tutors at the earliest opportunity.
For current term dates please see the Calendar.
We have staff at each campus who can assist you with any queries you may have about applying for a course and about the financial help that may be available.
At College we offer expert advice and guidance including pastoral care in an extensive support service, which includes a specialist additional learning team and a personal tutor team, both of which work with students individually and in group sessions.
Bursaries are available, for those who are eligible, to help with travel, educational visits and equipment.
We are also committed to ensuring our students make informed and relevant choices about how they progress from College, whether into employment or higher education. Last year over 77% of our advanced students went on to study at universities or HE institutions. We have strong links with local employers including Gatwick Airport, with universities and with the National Careers Service.
Our personal tutoring service offers a broad programme of individual tutorials, lessons, lectures and workshops designed to support your child’s move into college life. Tutors will be with them throughout their journey at College and will help your child to become a confident, independent learner, ready to take their next steps into the world. We recognise that the transition from school to college is both a challenging and exciting time. Tutorial support is really important in making this transition as smooth as possible.
The tutorial programme will help your child to:
The programme will be supplemented with events offering the opportunity to engage with representatives from the world of work and education. These experiences will help your child to reflect on their learning from different perspectives and we are confident that they will find them enjoyable and enriching.