We're opening our doors to answer your questions

South Leicestershire College is opening its doors next week to answer questions from prospective students about joining college programmes and exciting future career options.

Whether they are thinking about choices post-16, contemplating a career change, wanting to upskill and get a new job, or enter higher education, tutors will be on hand with advice.

The event, which takes place on Wednesday, 22 November between 5pm and 8pm, will showcase the facilities at the Wigston campus building. The 100th person to register could claim a £20 Amazon voucher when they attend the event.

Hundreds of people attend open events during the year and the College is well-prepared to answer their questions. Here’s a Q&A on our top five most frequently asked questions at open events:

Do I have to pass a tough interview to get in to college?

College interviews are informal and allow tutors to get to know what you are interested in. You will be offered a course that is most appropriate for you and we offer programmes at all levels.

What if I don’t get a grade C for English or maths in my GCSEs?

Work as hard as you can to get the best grade but don’t panic if you don’t quite make the grade. All students continue to study maths and English if they are aged under 19 and haven’t yet achieved a Grade 4 (the new C grade) or above. This could lead to GCSE re-sits or functional skills qualifications (often preferred by employers because they are so practical). If you do achieve a grade 4, you can work to improve this to a higher grade.

Will I still be able to go to university?

Yes! We know what students need to secure a higher education place. Entry requirements are usually based on points and students need to be qualified at Level 3 or above. Wherever you start, you can progress on to a Level 3 programme such as a BTEC diploma, or other technical or professional qualification.

Will I be narrowing down my career options?

Choices of next steps and careers after college are just as wide-ranging as when a student follows more traditional routes. We hear stories of students being inspired by their tutors to think of careers that they had never heard of before. If you’d prefer to get a job straight away and earn while you learn, we have got plenty of links with local employers and you could start an Apprenticeship.

Will I be left to sink or swim?

Don’t worry, there is a huge support network in college that helps with everything from practical issues such as finances and bus passes, to emotional problems such as anxiety, or helping new students to settle in. Tutors let parents know if their child is not attending regularly or not making progress. If you are dyslexic, we have specialist tutors who will support you with developing your English and maths as well as your course work. We look after students with learning difficulties or disabilities so that they have a good college experience too.

Anyone with more questions should come along and talk to tutors and guidance staff on the day.

Click here to find out more about our Open Events.