Here at Mid Cheshire College, we recognise that young people who have passed the age of 16 expect to be regarded as young adults, and need to be given greater responsibility. Parents, Guardians and Carers still, however, have a very important role to play at this stage, and we are keen to develop close contacts with parents to keep them fully informed of their young person’s progress.
The aim of the Study Programme is to provide learners with a coherent and enriching curriculum which will provide them with the academic, social and employability skills to progress to further or higher education or employment. The content of the Study Programme is designed to broaden the learner experience beyond the main qualification of study.
As part of this, all learners are required to develop their English and Maths skills and this is covered through both their main core qualification and if not already achieved, through additional study of either Functional Skills or GCSEs.
The Local Offer: Young Person’s and Parent/Carer’s point of view
Contact with Parents/Guardians/Carers
It is college policy that staff may contact named parents/guardians/carers of learners under the age of 18 to discuss academic progress, attendance and conduct.
As a parent, Guardian or Carer you can be assured that there is
- the active monitoring of learners’ progress on their courses
- target setting and monitoring individual learning plans
- preparing learners for progression within and from the College
- the encouragement of participation in wider College life
To further develop our relationships with parents, guardians and carers there is the opportunity to attend
- Parent/guardian/carer consultation evening
- By arrangement (telephone/email)
- Progress reporting available through our electronic system (Proportal)
All learners are assigned a Learning and Progression Mentor (Personal Tutor) at the start of term who will remain their tutor for their time at the college. Learning and Progression Mentors monitor both academic and personal progress and an appointment can be made by learners at any time for guidance and support. Learners meet with their LPM on a weekly basis and will have a minimum of one 1:1 tutorial per term. The tutorial covers careers guidance, social education, and a system for individual student reviewing and target setting.
Every student is issued with a personal timetable and is expected to attend punctually all timetable subject lessons.
You may expect your young person to have work to do on most evenings in the week. It is recommended that students following a Level 2 or 3 courses should spend about fifteen hours per week on private study. This private study may consist of set exercises, essay, and completion of past examination papers, presentations, note making or reading.
All learners are expected to maintain excellent attendance in all their classes. The requirement for all courses is a minimum of 90% attendance. If students are absent for any reason, they are expected to contact the College before 9am in the morning.
Additional Learning Support
The Additional Learning Support Team provides study support for learners with learning difficulties / disabilities and specialist assessments can be arranged to ensure that the right type of support is in place.
Progressing to University
The dedicated team of Careers advisors together with the LPMs provide individual advice and guidance to all learners intending to progress to University. All UCAS applications are thoroughly vetted before they are submitted.
Advice on working part-time
Part-time jobs may provide benefits to students, financially, personally and socially but it is important to keep a sense of proportion and not allow commitment to a job to interfere with college work. We would recommend that 8 hours a week is the maximum that a student should spend on part-time work, particularly at exam preparation time.
Learner Support Fund
Learners may be entitled to assistance with the following:
- Course materials
- Equipment and uniform
- Transport costs
- Educational trips
The 16-18 Bursary
For learners aged between 16- 18 years of age at the start of the course may qualify for a Bursary of over £1,000. For further details please contact the Learner Experience Centre on 01606 720649
Useful Telephone Numbers
Learner Experience Centre 01606 74444
Bursary & Learner Support Fund information 01606 720649
Transport Information 01606 720649
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