College Notices: w/c 22nd June 2015

by Kim Small.  

For ALL students:


  • Please note Friday 3rd July is a normal teaching Day. IT IS NOT a Year 10 Taster (no teaching) Day as indicated in the Student Planner
  • Last day of teaching for this academic year:
    • Wednesday 8th July - full day of timetabled lessons
  • New academic year starts:
    • Monday 7th September for 1st year students and students on a 1 year course @ 8.50am
    • Tuesday 8th September for 2nd year students @ 10.25am

Snow Team 2016

  • There are only 30 places left for Fiesch, we’ll sell half of these at the WelcomeFest so please book now to avoid disappointment
  • Book through the Alton College online store

Reminder – Bursaries 2015-2016

  • Although the deadline for applying for Bursaries is the 31st August, we encourage all applicants to apply as soon as possible!
  • If you receive a bursary this year or think you might now be eligible, you must apply by collecting, completing and returning a 2015/16 application – available from the Student Hub
  • To qualify your household income must be under £22,000 and if your household income is under £16,190 from September 2015 you will also be eligible for free College meals
  • You may also be entitled to the 16-19 Vulnerable £1,200 Bursary – see Bursary form for details

For all students with lockers – Reminder!

  • ALL locker keys must be returned to the Student Hub by Monday 6th July for a £10 cash refund. Locker keys cannot be kept and used for the next academic year
  • You must clear your locker as they are emptied and cleaned over the holidays. No responsibility will be taken for any items left behind
  • Lockers for 2015-16 will be issued during September

For students on the 1st year of a 2 year course

UCAS 2016 Registration Day

  • Reminder:
  • Friday 26th June
  • @ 9.30am / 10am / 10.30am / 11am / 11.30am / 12pm / 1.30pm / 2pm / 2.30pm / 3pm / 3.30pm / 4pm
  • YOU MUST be in the LRC 5mins before the session start time to allow for logging on. Late comers will be turned away to attend the next session
  • Alternative sessions will be arranged for students on trips etc – please contact Kim Small for details (

Progression Fair – 2nd July

  • Thursday 2nd July
  • Collect a timetable from your tutor today (Thursday 25th June)
  • During the day you will:
    • Visit the Fair in the Sports hall where over 90 exhibitors will be attending
    • Attend a presentation by on how to choose the right course/university
    • Attend presentations by tutors on how to apply to university and information on student finance
  • It is compulsory that ALL students attend

Progression Fair Preparation.............

Universities – over 50 universities/colleges attending

  • Think about what you could ask:
    • What grades do you need?
    • Do they offer bursaries/scholarships?
    • Accommodation – what type/how much?
    • What do they look for in your personal statement?
    • Will you need to attend an interview?
    • Is it an advantage to get your application in early?
    • Etc…

Universities – overseas

  • Maastricht University, Netherlands – courses in Psychology, Economics and Business, Health, Medicine, Arts & Culture, Law and more
  • European Medical International – support students into European universities to study Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses
  • Think about what you could ask………
    • How much will it cost?
    • What are the benefits for applying to an overseas university?
    • How would you apply?
    • What are the deadlines? Etc


  • Healthcare: Absolute Healthcare / Challengers / Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corp / Royal Mencap Society
  • Business/IT/Finance/Law: Allianz / BDO / BPP / CGI / EY / IBM / KPMG
  • Engineering: ICE / Paradigm / Virgin Media
  • Various careers with the Armed Forces / Hampshire Constabulary
  • –provide info on apprenticeships/school leaver opportunities
  • Local employers with many opportunities: East Hants District Council / Portfolio Recruitment
  • Volunteering opportunities through Community First HEH and Join In (Sports)
  • Think about what you could ask:
    • When would you need to apply?
    • Do they require specific grades / subjects?
    • How many vacancies do they have
    • Would you need to obtain volunteering/work experience before applying Etc

Thinking about taking a year out after College?

  • Visit the Gap Year providers to discuss the many opportunities available:
    • ESL Language Travel / Espirit Ski / gap360 / KOOSA Kids / Outreach International / Oyster Worldwide / Project Trust / Projects Abroad / Raleigh International / Real Gap & I-to-I Travel / Sporting Opportunities & Changing Worlds / Leap Overseas Ltd / Tru Experience Travel / GapGuru
  • Receive Gap Year advice including safety, insurance, accommodation, travel discounts and more from Mind the Gap Year
  • Vaccination & Health advice from Chawton Park Surgery

Moving from Year 1 to Year 2

  • Please ensure that you read the important information on what happens when you receive your exam results under Student Resources / Information and Policies
  • This contains information on:
    • what to do if you don’t pass your first year
    • what if you change your mind over the summer holidays about which A2s you want to do next year
    • plus other things to consider after your Results
  • This information is also on the Parents’ pages of the College website under Moving from Year 1 to Year 2