If a young person in your care is in year 11 (or even year 10) and you are helping them research post-16 options, our latest blog post has tips to get the most out of school/college open events.
If you are wanting to attend our Open Evening today there is still time to book a space!
Whether you choose to go along with your teenager, or they prefer to visit on their own (as some no doubt will), here are six tips to success:
1. Don’t delay
September may seem a long way away to many young people, but courses are open for applications now.
Going along as soon as possible can really help young people make an informed decision about their future. It’s a chance to ask questions and look around, but also to get a feel for the place and get careers advice from knowledgeable staff.
2. Plan your strategy
If possible, book your attendance in advance – bookings are still open for our Open Evening on Thursday 16th January.
On arrival at the event, read the open day guide/timetable (you can pick one up from the registration desk when you arrive).
Taking a few minutes to plan your visit will ensure you don’t miss anything. It’s also a good idea to attend one of the welcome talks on offer, as this will give you a good introduction to life at Nottingham College.
3. Ask questions
The staff at open events have a wealth of knowledge and will be very happy to answer your questions about their courses.
Often there will be specialist staff on hand to talk about finance, student support, apprenticeships and more, so feel free to bring a list of questions along with you! Where possible, encourage your son or daughter to chat directly to staff.
You’ll also get chance to meet current students – the insight they can give is priceless. They’ll give a good idea of what life at college or sixth form is really like and this can make potential students feel at home before they’ve even applied.
4. Keep your eyes peeled
If you take a tour or are invited to have a walk around, have a look at the type of classrooms/workshops/labs available as our facilities often provide a different experience to school.
For example, at Nottingham College we have professional-standard facilities for creative arts; theatres and performance spaces for performing arts; practical workshops for a wide range of courses including: construction, motor vehicle and engineering; hair and beauty salons, and even a working restaurant for our catering students!
If you’re attending our City Hub Showcase at Nottingham Contemporary you will be able to find out more about the fantastic facilities that will be available for students later this year.
Our High Pavement Sixth Form offers a purpose-built campus especially for A Levels, right on the doorstep of Nottingham Trent University, and our University Centre offers degree-level courses in the historic Lace Market.
5. Added extras?
Find out what else is on offer. Explore catering facilities, libraries and computer rooms.
At Nottingham College we’re proud of our diverse student body and we have an active Students’ Union and lots of sports and activities to try, including our annual Freshers’ Fair, weekly enrichment timetable, trips, clubs and societies.
6. Head for the application zone
Did you know that we have dedicated areas where your son or daughter can apply on the day for a course that interests them? The great thing about this is that any questions you have can be answered there and then, and staff are on hand to help.
At Nottingham College we encourage potential students to apply early – there is no obligation to take up the place at this stage of course, but it means they can get the ball rolling and prepare nice and early. They can also book onto taster sessions, which run on various dates and give a more hands-on college experience.