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  • Hello and welcome

    This page will be your go-to guide where you will find all the information you need including how to apply, financial support, transport, uniform and lots more!

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  • Application guide for school leavers

    Step 1: Visit our website and complete an online application form for the course that you are interested in. Each application will receive an email acknowledgement so that you know it has been received.

    Step 2: A member of the Learner Services team will contact you by phone to arrange an interview/information session. Please don’t worry about this, it is just an opportunity for you to talk about the course and find out if it suits you. Once a date has been arranged you will receive an email confirmation. You will also receive a call from one of the team the day before your interview/information session as well as a text reminder on the day. Please note the call will show as a private number calling.

    Step 3: A member of the teaching staff will call you on the arranged date and time to discuss the course so you can decide if it is for you. Again, please note the call will show as a private number calling.

    If the course is suitable for your requirements, you will be given a verbal offer. If you accept this verbal offer you will receive a follow-up confirmation email asking you to confirm the offer by clicking on a link in the email. By doing this it secures your place at the college so please try and respond as soon as possible as places fill up quickly.

    Step 4: During the summer – July/August – the Learner Services team will send you an email to action the first part of the enrolment process by completing an online enrolment form, uploading a photo of yourself and digitally signing the enrolment agreement.

    (Please note: the photo will be used for your ID badge so will need to be professional which means the photo should be of you and only you. Please do not include objects, pets etc. and avoid busy backgrounds. Just keep it simple).

    Step 5: Once you have completed the online enrolment form our Learner Services team will email you an invitation to come into the college to complete the final stage of the enrolment process. This will give you the opportunity to meet some of the teaching staff face-to-face who will confirm your course level. You will need to bring with you your statement of GCSE results, as well as some proof of ID (i.e. provisional driving license/passport/birth certificate).

    (Please note: If you haven’t done as well as you expected please don’t worry, there will be several options available for you to consider. Our teaching staff will discuss these options with you).

    You will also speak to the maths and English team and Learning Support team, if applicable. And finally, our Learner Services team will check all your details and retake your photo if the uploaded one isn’t suitable (as detailed above).

    The enrolment process takes about 20-30 minutes but can be longer if you need to see the Learning Support and/or maths and English team.

    Step 6: We look forward to seeing you on your enrolment invite day where you will officially become a South Staffordshire College learner and start your career journey with us. Congratulations!

  • Application guide for adults (age 19+)

    Step 1: Visit our website and complete an online application form for the course that you are interested in. Each application will receive an email acknowledgement so that you know it has been received.

    Step 2: A member of the Learner Services team will contact you by phone to arrange an interview/information session. Please don’t worry about this, it is just an opportunity for you to talk about the course and find out if it suits you. Once a date has been arranged you will receive an email confirmation. You will also receive a call from one of the team the day before your interview/information session as well as a text reminder on the day. Please note the call will show as a private number calling.

    Step 3: A member of the teaching staff will call you on the arranged date and time to discuss the course so you can decide if it is for you. Again please note the call will show as a private number calling.

    If the course is suitable for your requirements, you will be given a verbal offer. If you accept this verbal offer you will receive a follow-up confirmation email asking you to confirm the offer by clicking on a link in the email. By doing this it secures your place at the college so please try and respond as soon as possible as places fill up quickly.

    Step 4: During the summer – July/August – the Learner Services team will send you an email to action the first part of the enrolment process by completing an online enrolment form, uploading a photo of yourself and digitally signing the enrolment agreement.

    (Please note: the photo will be used for your ID badge so will need to be professional which means the photo should be of you and only you. Please do not include objects, pets etc. and avoid busy backgrounds. Just keep it simple).

    Step 5: Once you have completed the online enrolment form our Learner Services team will email you an invitation to come into the college to complete the final stage of the enrolment process. This will give you the opportunity to meet some of the teaching staff face-to-face who will confirm your course level. You will need to bring with you any exam results, including your maths and English GCSE grades, as well as some proof of ID (i.e. provisional driving license/passport/birth certificate).

    (Please note: If your exam results aren’t at the level you had hoped please don’t worry, there will be several options available for you to consider. Our teaching staff will discuss these options with you).

    You will also speak to the maths and English team and Learning Support team, if applicable. And finally, our Learner Services team will check all your details and retake your photo if the uploaded one isn’t suitable (as detailed above).

    The enrolment process takes about 20-30 minutes but can be longer if you need to see the Learning Support and/or maths and English team.

    Step 6: We look forward to seeing you on your enrolment invite day where you will officially become a South Staffordshire College learner and start your career journey with us. Congratulations!

  • Parents FAQ's

    We understand that sometimes there can be myths and confusion around attending college and studying vocational qualifications. As a parent you want the best for your child and helping them choose where to study can be a challenging time. We hope that these questions and answers assist you to make a more informed decision regarding your child’s next steps.

    Do students need to stay in school until they’re 18?

    Due to a Government change in the law, all young people now have to stay in education or training until the academic year that they turn 18. This does not mean that they have to stay in school and go to Sixth Form. They can choose to study at college or do an apprenticeship and train while they work.

    Staying on at school doesn’t suit everyone so we always advise that all options are considered. If you haven’t already attended one of our open events we would strongly recommend you come along and see what college life has to offer. Our apprenticeship team will also be there. You can register for the events here.

    Does my child have to study English and maths as part of their college course?

    Studying maths and English is compulsory if your child hasn’t achieved a pass (grade 4). They will need to continue studying these subjects until they either pass or turn 18. If they have already achieved a pass grade there are no requirements for them to continue studying, but they can re-sit them if they would like a higher grade.

    These qualifications are studied alongside their full-time course.

    Can a vocational course lead to a place at University?

    Yes. After successfully completing a Level 3 vocational qualification your child will have the equivalent to 3 A-level qualifications. This entitles them to apply for university in the same way an A-level student can, however, you will need to look at each university’s prospectus individually to see what each one requires for entry onto their degree programme.

    Alternatively, your child could stay at South Staffordshire College to study a Higher Education course at a fraction of the cost.

    Even if your child won’t be studying a Level 3 course straight away, they can always progress to that level at a later date.

    Can vocational qualifications lead to a good job?

    Vocational qualifications are a great route into the world of work. Our vocational qualifications are created with the help of industry leaders to ensure they fit with the current requirements and equip students with the essential skills employers are looking for. Depending on your child’s chosen career route, it can be essential to hold a vocational qualification. Tutors will talk through the various career routes during the interview process so your child can be certain they are on the right course.

    Do you provide career advice and guidance?

    Yes, we provide impartial careers support from our dedicated careers team and young people can access this service before they start college or during their course. Our tutorial programme provides opportunities for your child to discuss their career journey throughout their course and offers all the assistance your child needs to succeed. In the first 6 weeks of study, your child will have a Right Choice Interview to discuss the course to ensure it is matching their expectations. There will be opportunities at this time to rethink their decision and change course should they want to. Our teaching staff and the careers team work together to manage these discussions and we always welcome parental involvement.

    We also hold dedicated career weeks for each course area, which include talks from industry professionals and universities to broaden students’ horizons, raise their aspirations and inform them of all the career options available in their chosen field, and help them to prepare for the real world of work.

  • Kit and uniform information

    Please see the list below of different subject areas. Click on the area to see the specific kit and uniform list for your course.

  • Apprenticeships

    What is the apprenticeship application process?

    Please explore the course pages for more in depth information on your preferred area. All prospective apprentices, whether you need support to find your employer, or you already work there, will be invited to an Information, Advice and Guidance session to ensure you have all the information you require about the programme, and that this is the right option for you.

    Start dates are throughout the year, and not just in September, so whether you have an employer lined up or not, please get in touch with our friendly team.

    Visit our dedicated apprenticeships section for more information and additional support.

  • Hello and welcome

    This page will be your go-to guide where you will find all the information you need including how to apply, financial support, transport, uniform and lots more!

    HE Media students smiling after wrapping up filming

  • Application guide for school leavers

    Step 1: Visit our website and complete an online application form for the course that you are interested in. Each application will receive an email acknowledgement so that you know it has been received.

    Step 2: A member of the Learner Services team will contact you by phone to arrange an interview/information session. Please don’t worry about this, it is just an opportunity for you to talk about the course and find out if it suits you. Once a date has been arranged you will receive an email confirmation. You will also receive a call from one of the team the day before your interview/information session as well as a text reminder on the day. Please note the call will show as a private number calling.

    Step 3: A member of the teaching staff will call you on the arranged date and time to discuss the course so you can decide if it is for you. Again, please note the call will show as a private number calling.

    If the course is suitable for your requirements, you will be given a verbal offer. If you accept this verbal offer you will receive a follow-up confirmation email asking you to confirm the offer by clicking on a link in the email. By doing this it secures your place at the college so please try and respond as soon as possible as places fill up quickly.

    Step 4: During the summer – July/August – the Learner Services team will send you an email to action the first part of the enrolment process by completing an online enrolment form, uploading a photo of yourself and digitally signing the enrolment agreement.

    (Please note: the photo will be used for your ID badge so will need to be professional which means the photo should be of you and only you. Please do not include objects, pets etc. and avoid busy backgrounds. Just keep it simple).

    Step 5: Once you have completed the online enrolment form our Learner Services team will email you an invitation to come into the college to complete the final stage of the enrolment process. This will give you the opportunity to meet some of the teaching staff face-to-face who will confirm your course level. You will need to bring with you your statement of GCSE results, as well as some proof of ID (i.e. provisional driving license/passport/birth certificate).

    (Please note: If you haven’t done as well as you expected please don’t worry, there will be several options available for you to consider. Our teaching staff will discuss these options with you).

    You will also speak to the maths and English team and Learning Support team, if applicable. And finally, our Learner Services team will check all your details and retake your photo if the uploaded one isn’t suitable (as detailed above).

    The enrolment process takes about 20-30 minutes but can be longer if you need to see the Learning Support and/or maths and English team.

    Step 6: We look forward to seeing you on your enrolment invite day where you will officially become a South Staffordshire College learner and start your career journey with us. Congratulations!

  • Application guide for adults (age 19+)

    Step 1: Visit our website and complete an online application form for the course that you are interested in. Each application will receive an email acknowledgement so that you know it has been received.

    Step 2: A member of the Learner Services team will contact you by phone to arrange an interview/information session. Please don’t worry about this, it is just an opportunity for you to talk about the course and find out if it suits you. Once a date has been arranged you will receive an email confirmation. You will also receive a call from one of the team the day before your interview/information session as well as a text reminder on the day. Please note the call will show as a private number calling.

    Step 3: A member of the teaching staff will call you on the arranged date and time to discuss the course so you can decide if it is for you. Again please note the call will show as a private number calling.

    If the course is suitable for your requirements, you will be given a verbal offer. If you accept this verbal offer you will receive a follow-up confirmation email asking you to confirm the offer by clicking on a link in the email. By doing this it secures your place at the college so please try and respond as soon as possible as places fill up quickly.

    Step 4: During the summer – July/August – the Learner Services team will send you an email to action the first part of the enrolment process by completing an online enrolment form, uploading a photo of yourself and digitally signing the enrolment agreement.

    (Please note: the photo will be used for your ID badge so will need to be professional which means the photo should be of you and only you. Please do not include objects, pets etc. and avoid busy backgrounds. Just keep it simple).

    Step 5: Once you have completed the online enrolment form our Learner Services team will email you an invitation to come into the college to complete the final stage of the enrolment process. This will give you the opportunity to meet some of the teaching staff face-to-face who will confirm your course level. You will need to bring with you any exam results, including your maths and English GCSE grades, as well as some proof of ID (i.e. provisional driving license/passport/birth certificate).

    (Please note: If your exam results aren’t at the level you had hoped please don’t worry, there will be several options available for you to consider. Our teaching staff will discuss these options with you).

    You will also speak to the maths and English team and Learning Support team, if applicable. And finally, our Learner Services team will check all your details and retake your photo if the uploaded one isn’t suitable (as detailed above).

    The enrolment process takes about 20-30 minutes but can be longer if you need to see the Learning Support and/or maths and English team.

    Step 6: We look forward to seeing you on your enrolment invite day where you will officially become a South Staffordshire College learner and start your career journey with us. Congratulations!

  • Parents FAQ's

    We understand that sometimes there can be myths and confusion around attending college and studying vocational qualifications. As a parent you want the best for your child and helping them choose where to study can be a challenging time. We hope that these questions and answers assist you to make a more informed decision regarding your child’s next steps.

    Do students need to stay in school until they’re 18?

    Due to a Government change in the law, all young people now have to stay in education or training until the academic year that they turn 18. This does not mean that they have to stay in school and go to Sixth Form. They can choose to study at college or do an apprenticeship and train while they work.

    Staying on at school doesn’t suit everyone so we always advise that all options are considered. If you haven’t already attended one of our open events we would strongly recommend you come along and see what college life has to offer. Our apprenticeship team will also be there. You can register for the events here.

    Does my child have to study English and maths as part of their college course?

    Studying maths and English is compulsory if your child hasn’t achieved a pass (grade 4). They will need to continue studying these subjects until they either pass or turn 18. If they have already achieved a pass grade there are no requirements for them to continue studying, but they can re-sit them if they would like a higher grade.

    These qualifications are studied alongside their full-time course.

    Can a vocational course lead to a place at University?

    Yes. After successfully completing a Level 3 vocational qualification your child will have the equivalent to 3 A-level qualifications. This entitles them to apply for university in the same way an A-level student can, however, you will need to look at each university’s prospectus individually to see what each one requires for entry onto their degree programme.

    Alternatively, your child could stay at South Staffordshire College to study a Higher Education course at a fraction of the cost.

    Even if your child won’t be studying a Level 3 course straight away, they can always progress to that level at a later date.

    Can vocational qualifications lead to a good job?

    Vocational qualifications are a great route into the world of work. Our vocational qualifications are created with the help of industry leaders to ensure they fit with the current requirements and equip students with the essential skills employers are looking for. Depending on your child’s chosen career route, it can be essential to hold a vocational qualification. Tutors will talk through the various career routes during the interview process so your child can be certain they are on the right course.

    Do you provide career advice and guidance?

    Yes, we provide impartial careers support from our dedicated careers team and young people can access this service before they start college or during their course. Our tutorial programme provides opportunities for your child to discuss their career journey throughout their course and offers all the assistance your child needs to succeed. In the first 6 weeks of study, your child will have a Right Choice Interview to discuss the course to ensure it is matching their expectations. There will be opportunities at this time to rethink their decision and change course should they want to. Our teaching staff and the careers team work together to manage these discussions and we always welcome parental involvement.

    We also hold dedicated career weeks for each course area, which include talks from industry professionals and universities to broaden students’ horizons, raise their aspirations and inform them of all the career options available in their chosen field, and help them to prepare for the real world of work.

  • Kit and uniform information

  • Apprenticeships

    What is the apprenticeship application process?

    Please explore the course pages for more in depth information on your preferred area. All prospective apprentices, whether you need support to find your employer, or you already work there, will be invited to an Information, Advice and Guidance session to ensure you have all the information you require about the programme, and that this is the right option for you.

    Start dates are throughout the year, and not just in September, so whether you have an employer lined up or not, please get in touch with our friendly team.

    Visit our dedicated apprenticeships section for more information and additional support.

Visit ‘Our Colleges‘ to find out more information about each of our individual college sites.

In the meantime, check out the virtual tours of our five college sites below! You will see the learning spaces and facilities you will have access to on your course!

  • Cannock College

  • Lichfield College

  • Rodbaston College

  • Tamworth College

  • Torc College

  • Cannock College

  • Lichfield College

  • Rodbaston College

  • Tamworth College

  • Torc College