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School Leaver – frequently asked questions

What kind of courses does the college offer?

We offer a wide range of courses including Vocational and Apprenticeships. There are many different subjects available which are all detailed in our prospectuses that are hand delivered to schools and on this website. You can view our courses by clicking here.

What if I don’t know what course to do?

Choosing your college course can be one of the most important decisions you can make after leaving school. To make the best choice, students need to research their options using college websites, school visits and careers advisors. Our school engagement team regularly visit schools throughout the year to provide students with information about courses available. We also host open evenings which allows prospective students and parents the opportunity to look at our facilities and to meet tutors.

What happens if you don’t offer the level of course I want to do?

There are different ways to progress. You can start on a related course and then progress to the next level the following year. Ask our tutor or admissions team for advice.

What is the difference between applying and enrolling?

Applying refers to the process of choosing a course and submitting an application, either by completing an application form on the college website online or filling out a paper application form. You will then be invited for an interview and if this is successful, you will be invited back to the college on GCSE results day to enrol onto the course.

What if I don’t like the course I have enrolled on? 

The first three weeks at college are really important in terms of ‘Checking your Choice’ to make sure you are happy with the course you have selected. If you feel you are on the wrong course, the first thing to do is to speak to your tutor/Progress Coach, they will then be able to go through other options available and talk about the possibility of transferring to a different course.

What is life like at the college outside of the classroom?

In one word, fantastic! Our relaxing spaces include The Crescent at Warrington where you will see students playing table tennis, Wii games or simply just watching TV! We also have an ‘Active You Team’ who are regularly running classes like Boogy Bounce and we also benefit from a free gym on site for those who like to stay fit and healthy.

How do I find out what grades I need to achieve for my desired course?

We always encourage every student to visit our amazing campuses so you can speak to our qualified tutors during open evenings to check entry requirements. However we do deliver prospectuses to schools which include details on each course. Our school engagement team can also answer these questions during school visits and events. Alternatively, you can check out our ‘School’ page here or call the college directly for more information.

HELP! I did not get the grades I wanted. What do I do?

Don’t worry! If you didn’t get the grades you wanted, there are other options available. It may be that you need to start at a level below or an alternative course. Speak to our friendly tutors who will advise which is the best course for you.

How do I keep up to date with what events are on and learn more about the courses I am interested in?

You can follow us on our social media accounts where we post all the latest information about open evenings and college events. We also share pictures and information about what our current students are up to including trips abroad and project work so future pupils can see what they might get involved with!

Will you be able to interview me at school?

Yes, absolutely! We offer interviews in schools, either during the lunch break or immediately after school.

Got any more questions? You can call our Learner Services team on 01925 494400  or email learner.services@wvr.ac.uk