Going to College
Courses at Bexley College can equip you for roles in a wide range of industries including Construction, Health and Social Care and Media. We provide a variety of courses from entry level up to and including Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas leading to a full Degree. The information will give you help about going to College and offer assistance with choosing the right course, making a success of your studies, support that may be available and progression routes.
Choosing a course
Going to college can be a big commitment so you should know the area you may want to work in and the college courses available to help you get there. You should also know whether you want to study full or part time and whether you will need to pay for the course.
You should check the start and finishing dates of the course and the hours you will be expected to commit to your studies. You should also check the entry requirements, the need for an interview, where the course is based and whether you will have to pay for your course.
For learners starting their course in the 2012/13 academic year the Government may meet the tuition costs for:
- a course which leads to your first full Level 2 qualification if you’re under 24
- a course which leads to your first full Level 3 qualification if you’re under 25
Getting a Level 2 qualification can help you develop skills suitable for a range of jobs – and a Level 3 qualification could get you into university or higher education.
A full Level 2 is equivalent to five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, and a full Level 3 to two A levels. But you’re not limited to just GCSEs and A levels. You could, for example, choose to do an NVQ or BTEC qualification that fits in with your career plans. *source Direct.gov
This section will help you think about you and your personal circumstances and the things you need to prepare and arrange before you start your course.
Work through each section to see if it’s relevant to you:
- RESIDENCY – this depends on whether you normally live in the European Union or not
- MONEY – Can you afford the course, have you checked whether there is any additional help available, do you need equipment?
- FAMILY – If you have children have you arranged for childcare prior to the start of the course?
- DISABILITY/MENTAL HEALTH – what additional help will you need to access your course?
- STUDY SUPPORT – will you need any additional help with Maths, English or homework?
- PERSONAL ISSUES – are there any other personal issues that might affect you while studying?
Student Services can give you further help and information on the 16-18 bursery and other help that may be available to you to help you to come to college – help available from the student support fund is means tested but may be able to help with exam costs, kit costs and hardship while studying. To access this help please fill in a Student Support Fund application form and return it with proof of benefits and other household income to Student Services.
How to Enrol
To enrol in a course you should apply on-line or request a paper application form. Most courses at Bexley require an interview so you should be prepared to set time aside to do this prior to enrolment.
When invited to enrol you should have with you all the information required, previous exam grades, passport etc.
Full details are available on our enrolment checklist and you must have any fees available or the minimum of a 20% deposit if you require a payment plan to be set up.
Please see our Applications, Enrolment & Fees section for further information
Our enrolment check-list is also available here
Full time higher education courses must be applied to through www.ucas.ac.uk part time higher education courses can be applied to directly to the college on an on line or paper form.
Improve English and Maths Skills
If you need help deciding the level of English and Maths you are currently working at the college will offer you an assessment to establish the level you are currently working at, to get an indications you can do an assessment on www.move-on.org.uk
Further support coming to college can be obtained through Student Services. Advisers are based at Tower Road and have a drop in facility at Holly Hill.
To access an adviser please call 01322 442331 or drop in to Student Services.