Are you thinking about coming to college?
How do you apply?
The application process is easy, once you have selected the course you would like to do it is just a case of completing the online application form – simply click the “Apply Now!” to the right of the course page.
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Applying for an apprenticeship? – If you want to apply for one of our many apprenticeships, you’ll need to apply via the National Apprenticeship Service. You can view what vacancies we have by clicking here and if you don’t see a vacancy that suits you, register your interest for an apprenticeship by emailing Marea.Brown@abingdon-witney.ac.uk and she’ll send you monthly updates of what apprenticeships we offer so you’re always up-to-date.
What if you don’t know what course to choose?
If you have not fully made up your mind about which course would be most suitable for you, then you have a few options to help you choose:
• Come along to one of our College Open Days and see all the different options available to you
• Talk to the Careers Team who will help you work out which course is best suited for you
• Ask your school around June time if they have any information about our taster days. These are days that allow you to come into college and try out courses you are interested in
• Search for a course that you’re interested in on our website and see if it’s right for you
What happens once you have applied?
Step 1. Interview
Once you have applied, you’ll be invited for an interview. This is nothing to panic about- it is a chance to make sure that the course is the right place for you. You can also look around college, find out anything you need to know about your course, meet tutors and tell us about yourself and your aims.
Step 2. The offer
If you are successful after your interview, we will offer you a place on the course or advice on how best to achieve your goals. You may get an unconditional or conditional place offer. Conditional place? Don’t panic if you don’t get the grades you need – we are here to advise you on your options!
Step 3. Accepting the place
Once you have an offer you can choose whether you want to accept the place on the course. Make sure you reply quickly as courses fill up fast and your place is not guaranteed until you do!
Step 4. Enrolment
During August you will be sent a pack through the post with dates and times for your enrolment and welcome day. Make sure you attend your enrolment as you don’t want to miss out on your place!
Step 5. Your first day
Once you’ve completed enrolment, got your I.D badge and course timetable, you’ll officially be an Abingdon & Witney College student and will start your course. In your first week you’ll be able to attend our Freshers Fair which will give you the opportunity to meet other Freshers, join in on various fun activities and meet the members of staff you’ll come into contact with during your time at college.
If you have applied to do a course with us, you will be sent a pack through the post in August with dates and times for your enrolment and welcome day. Enrolment week starts from the 25th August, but you will be given specific dates and times as to when to come to college to officially enrol on the course.
If you are unable to make the date that we send you, or if you haven’t heard from us by the 15th August 2018 please contact our admissions team.
It’s not too late!
Each year we hold drop in days over the GCSE and A-Level results period. On these days you can come into the college and discuss your options. Keep an eye on our open days and events page to find out when these will be taking place.
What support do you get at college?
When you’re a student at Abingdon & Witney you have access to range of support. We are here to meet your individual needs and will cater to you.
Study support – Whatever your requirements, we can help. We offer a variety of support including: tutorial support throughout your course, 1:1 specialist support for students with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia), short-term support for underlying English and Maths skills to help on your course, language support for speakers of English as a second or third language who are enrolled on full-time vocational courses.
Autism Support – We have a dedicated Autism Support Team who provide individual programmes to help you achieve your goals. In the first year of offering specialist support to college (2008 – 2009) there were 16 students identified with ASC accessing mainstream courses at the college – this has steadily increased over the past 5 years and now college has approximately 100 students on roll with ASC needs. Students with EHCPs and those in their first year of study are given priority support from the Autism Support Team based on assessment criteria.
Careers Advice – We know there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to your education and the huge range of options available for you to choose from reflects this. From foundation degrees and vocational courses to apprenticeships, there will be something that suits you, giving you the best possible chance to make your education and of course your future, your own!
Future Pathways – Aimed at school leavers, is a gradual approach to learning that enables you to bank achievements each term and reach personal goals at your own pace. It is a Level 1 programme for those who are unsure of what subject area of vocational track to take. The programme allows you to pinpoint what you would like to do in either your future work or educational studies and gain the qualifications and skills needed to progress into work, an Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
Financial support – There is a range of financial support available to help with the day-to-day costs associated with studying at college, such as books, equipment and travel. Depending on your circumstances you could be eligible for a guaranteed/discretionary bursary, travel support or the Care to Learn Scheme for young parents.
Personal Support – the Student Services department provides personal support tailored to your needs, in order to help you succeed at college. This could be through sessions with a student adviser, counselling, the hugely successful Change Your Mind programme, or through meeting with our college nurse. We are also keen to support students who are young carers or who are Looked After Children/Care Leavers. We love to see our students overcoming obstacles in their lives, so why not see how we could help you?
For more information about support visit our Welfare and Support page