As a parent you know that this is a crucial time for your son or daughter when making decisions for their future career paths and deciding where and what to study. At York College we want to help support you in what can seem like a daunting decision making process. Some of our frequently asked questions are listed below.
College or sixth form, which is best?
York College does offer a different environment to a school sixth form. Students learn in a more adult environment, and our aim is to equip students with research and study skills, as well as the confidence and self discipline, that will help them stand on their own two feet as independent learners.
Our students tell us that they enjoy the more mature environment that College provides, enabling them to be treated as adults, whilst still receiving the highest quality support and guidance. This environment promotes self motivation, good time management skills and prepares them for what university or employed life will be like. It is also a great chance to take part in a huge range of extra curricular activities, unmatched by smaller school sixth forms, and is also a fantastic way of meeting new friends with similar interests.
When should my son/daughter/ward apply?
Your son/daughter/ward can apply in Year 11 as soon as they feel happy with their preferred course/s, and we would advise that they send in their application as soon as they can and no later than the Easter holidays to have the best chance of securing a place on the courses they have chosen. Please note that we will still accept applications that we receive after the Easter holidays.
If they are undecided about which courses to apply for, come along to our Open Events and Taster Days to speak to tutors and try out courses for yourself. For any further information please call the Schools Liaison Team on 01904 770239.
What will it cost for my child to study at York College?
If your child is under 19 on the 31st August before their course starts they will not have to pay tuition fees for most courses. However if your child is aged 19 or over, they will be responsible for paying tuition fees for their courses unless they fall into certain categories.
Follow this link for further information on what funding options may be available to you.
How can my child travel to College?
For maps showing how to reach the College, and information on College coach routes, timetables and costs please follow this link.
Parents of Students Who Have Already Applied
Once your son/daughter/ward has made an application to the College there is a carefully structured process of advice and guidance that they will follow to ensure that they have as much information as possible about the course/s they are applying for. They will also have chance to meet subject tutors, ask questions and get specialist guidance on any other courses that might be more suitable. Some of our frequently asked questions are listed below.
My son/daughter/ward has accepted a conditional offer but has changed their mind about which subject/s they would like to do. What do we do?
Depending on the change, another interview with a tutor from the new subject area may be required to establish if the course is suitable and confirm a conditional offer.
What if my son/daughter/ward does not get the GCSE grades they need?
We know that students don't always get the grades that they were predicted. The main thing is for them not to worry. They should still come along to the enrolment appointment that they have been given. Tutors will be able to discuss all options and advise them about the courses available. This may be looking at alternative courses or a lower level course in the same subject area where possible.
Can my son/daughter/ward apply to more than one college/sixth form?
Yes, students can apply to as many different places as they would like. They can then decide, through research, visits and taster days where they would like to study.
When does my son/daughter/ward start at College?
All students with offers of places to start in September are sent a letter inviting them to come and enrol on their course or subjects. The letter specifies a date and time they should come to College.
If they have not received a letter by mid August, have misplaced the letter or are unsure of the arrangements, please call the Admissions Team on 01904 770397 and they will confirm the date and time for enrolment for your son/daughter/ward.