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In addition to classes, your timetable will also show a number of hours available for study. Try to plan your work sensibly and make use of the facilities provided.  This works out on average at least 12 hours study time per week outside of your timetabled lesson.

Your days are organised differently at college than at school and we have different expectations on how you need to organise yourself. You will need to carry out a lot of independent study, as a rough guide, you should spend one hour of private study/homework for each hour of class time per week. You will be expected to either work in the study areas at college or at home to remain up to date with all of your work.

The Open Learning Centre (OLC) and the Library (LRC) are quiet study areas which provide open access to computers.  You can use this area to work on your course work, homework, revise or research.

The areas are monitored, and we ask that students respect the area and the purpose for which it is provided.  This means that food is not allowed, and students are expected to work quietly.

If you have difficulty organising your time, meeting assignment deadlines or adapting to the College way of learning, then please talk to your Progress Tutor, any of your teachers or call into the Open Learning Centre and talk to our Learning Mentor team. Please take full advantage of the commitment that our teachers make in supporting your learning outside of lessons.

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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