College Notices: w/c 29th September 2014

by Kim Small.  

For ALL students

Student Behaviour

  • Derogatory Language
  • It has been brought to our attention that some students think it is acceptable to use derogatory terminology to express their opinions about others
  • Please be aware that something you may find non-offensive may be discriminatory and offensive to others. Please think before you state things such as “That’s so gay”, “no homo” or even “he’s such a fag”
  • Study areas
  • The study areas around College are designed for ‘study only’ – they are not social areas. Please consider other students around you who are there to work and in the classrooms who are being taught
  • Lessons are particularly being disturbed around rooms 95,96 & 99

E-Cigarettes and Smoking

  • Smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking areas in College in the front car park and the Austen car park.
  • This includes e-cigarettes
  • DO NOT smoke around the College entrances.

The Alternative (Alton College’s student-run magazine)

  • Submissions Call
  • The Alternative is looking for contributions for issue 4 ranging from art and photography to political writing and everything in between! Email with submissions or any queries you may have. Deadline for submissions is Friday 24th October
  • Like our Facebook page at for updates and article links

Alton Dodgeball

  • Tuesday 30th September @ 12.45pm
  • In the Sports Hall
  • 7 players per team
  • £1 for entry! Sign up in the Sports Hall ASAP
  • Cake Sale!
  • All money donated to Marie Curie Cancer Trust

Open Evening

  • Thursday 2nd October
  • From 3.30pm to 8pm
  • College Finishes at 1pm
  • Please speak to your subject teachers to see how you can help

The Ultimate Sports Challenge

  • Friday 3rd October at 3.30-4.30pm
  • This is a sports event to help raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity
  • The entrance fee to take part in this event will only be £1
  • The event will be taking place in Alton College Sports Hall

Crossbar Challenge

  • Come join our Cross Bar tournament to help raise money for Macmillan Charity
  • 8 teams of 5
  • £5 entry per team and 50p to watch
  • If you are interested in joining then put your name down on the poster on the noticeboard by the Sports Hall letting us know who is in your team and your team name
  • 10th October @ 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • In the Alton College Sports Hall

Live Stand up Comedy

  • Live Stand Up Comedy in Wessex Arts theatre on campus
  • Fri 3 Oct, Fri 7 Nov, Fri 5 Dec, 8.30pm start
  • To celebrate the launch of the new season of Comedy by WessexArts we are giving all parents and students 25% discount on all tickets. Great night out for you/your friends and families.
  • Headliner for the October show is Gareth Richards, fresh from touring with Frank Skinner and appearing with Russell Howard.
  • To book students will need to use your Alton College email address and use the discount coupon code 'ACStudent' and parents should use the code 'ACParent'

Alton College Foundation Scholarships for Excellence

  • Are you a full-time student who achieved A or A* grades in most of your GCSEs?……..Then The Alton College Foundation wants to hear from you!
  • The Alton College Foundation awards Scholarships worth £400 per year to students with outstanding GCSE results, or who are exceptionally talented at sport or art. Students in their first or second years at Alton College may apply.
  • We also offer 3 Scholarships to talented students on the one year Arts Foundation Course, which are worth £300.
  • Further details regarding how to apply and terms and conditions can be found on the Foundation website or email
  • All applications must be received by the 30th November.

For 1st Year Students

  • Have you…..
    • Logged on to Moodle / Student Resources and seen how to book an appointment with:
    • Careers Advisor
    • College Counsellors
    • College Chaplain
    • Learning Support
  • Have you…..
    • Clicked on the green LRC button in Moodle/Student Resources to access the Learning Resources information?

More Able and Talented

  • Friday 3rd October we will be launching our ‘More Able and Talented’ programme for the coming academic year.
  • @ 1pm – Martin Read Hall
  • Students who performed very strongly in their GCSE’s will have received an emailed invitation.
  • Anyone else is welcome to attend but will need to book a place by signing up at the Hub – if you are unable to attend please also add your name to the list at the Hub

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

  • The extended project qualification (EPQ) is a research based project that you will be able to complete independently, on a subject of your choosing, with mentoring from a supervisor. It builds research, independent working and essay writing skills that are well respected by Universities. You can either summarise your research findings in a 5000 word essay or construct an artefact based on your research. You will give a presentation at the end of your project.
  • We launch EPQ to the AS students in Feb and you will finish it in the Feb of your second year. That gives you the summer holiday to do most of your research so that it doesn’t impact too heavily on your other subjects. The EPQ launch will be advertised in PLD notices nearer the time.

Jane Austen Project

  • Would you like to be involved in a partnership project with the Hampshire Museums and Galleries Trust to develop a Jane Austen app?
  • The content is to be produced by Alton College students and could involve a range of disciplines from art, IT, textiles, English, design, music, dance and film
  • This is not a qualification but would be a fantastic opportunity to develop a real product for a national and international audience
  • If you are interested please come to a meeting on Friday 3rd October at 1pm in room 712 Austen or email

University of Reading – Scholars Programme

  • The Reading Scholars programme aims to give students a real taste of life as a university student including master classes, an undergraduate shadowing day, study skills session and a 2-day summer school
  • Subject areas covered: English Literature, French, German, Biology, Chemistry or Art & Design
  • To participate you must have achieved at least 5 A*-B at GCSE and be on course to achieve good College grades. Priority will be given to students whose parents haven’t studied at Higher Education level.
  • For further details and how to apply please see Kim Small in the Student Hub by Monday 13th October

For 2nd Year Students

Learner Agreements

  • Learner Agreements will be distributed during PLD today - these are essential documents that you are required to complete to confirm your course(s)
  • Student and Tutor must check and sign the form – amendments can be made and initialled
  • If your address details are incorrect please complete a ‘Change of details’ form at the Student Hub
  • Forms to be returned to the Hub

Work Experience Briefing

  • Tuesday 30th September
  • Compulsory meeting for all Level 3 students going out on Work Experience
  • Martin Read Hall @ 1pm

Winchester University – Compact Scheme – 2015 entry

  • The University of Winchester compact scheme provides:
  • A guaranteed offer of a place for non-interview courses or a guaranteed interview for courses that require it
  • In order to qualify as a Compact applicant there are two requirements which must be fulfilled: You must meet the specific course entry requirements *and* meet one of the special circumstances listed below:
    • Parents did not study in higher education
    • Students with difficult financial circumstances or receive 16-19 bursary
    • Students with problems relating to health, disability or bereavement
    • Students who have caring responsibilities or have been in care
    • Students with a disrupted pattern of education / or from military background
    • Other special circumstances will be considered
  • Further information available on Moodle / Student Resources / Higher Education or speak to Kim in the Hub or at a UCAS clinic

The University of Brighton – Compact Scheme

The University of Brighton ‘Compact Plus Scheme’

  • Alongside the ‘Compact’ scheme, Brighton also offer the Brighton Plus Programme offering a range of targeted activities and events for students who:
  • Meet one of the following criteria and you are eligible to join:
    • You have a disability or learning difficulty
    • are currently in or have been in the care of a local authority
    • are a young carer
    • have Refugee status
  • *OR* Meet two of the following criteria:
    • – You are in the first generation in your immediate family to go to uni
    • – You received free school meals or you are in receipt of a College bursary
    • – You live in an area where fewer than average people go to uni
    • – The main wage earner in your household is in one of the National Statistics Socio Economic class groups 4-8 (Brighton will assess the last 2 criteria)
  • Please see Kim in the Hub or at a UCAS clinic for a Brighton Plus Programme application form

UCAS Clinics

  • Aiming for your application to be sent to UCAS by October half term? You will need to have completed and submitted your application at a UCAS clinic by Thursday 2nd October (remember – the College has up to 15 days to process your reference after you have submitted your application)
  • Follow the ‘Alton College UCAS Procedures’ in the yellow ‘Completing your UCAS Application’ booklet.
  • UCAS clinics run daily in the LRC from 1-3pm - Please note the clinic on Thursday 2nd Oct will be running from 10am-12pm due to early closing for Open Evening
  • Remember, you don’t need to have completed all sections of your UCAS application to attend a clinic - sign up at the Hub and get a few sections checked and signed off