You can expect lessons to take many different forms – whole group classes, group work, individual research, and practical sessions.
As a full-time student at Croydon College you will have a personal tutor who is responsible for making sure you settle in quickly, guiding and advising you during your course and is on hand to help if problems arise. You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your tutor, and take part in group sessions on a range of topics such as personal safety, sexual health, how to organise your learning and study skills. You and your tutor will discuss your goals, and agree targets for your learning. Visit the Support to Achieve page for more information.
Everyone who enrols on a course at Croydon College wants to succeed. All the lecturers and other staff also want you to succeed. Croydon College is a learning community, where everyone is on a journey of learning and self-discovery. It is important that we all work together to create an atmosphere where everyone can learn to the best of their ability, and where everyone can achieve their goals.
Croydon College know that every student has different needs and will, in their time at the College, have times when they need additional support. Personalising your learning experience whilst at Croydon College is a key part of what we do.
Croydon College is committed to providing you with opportunities to achieve Key Skills in Communication, Numeracy and ICT. These are skills that you need to be successful in study, at work or at home. You can gain a qualification for each of the Key Skills from Levels 1 to 3 depending on your previous achievements.
All students are required to work towards at least one Key Skill. These sessions are central to whichever course you choose. The skills you gain will help you achieve a better standard of work as well as preparing you for future employment or university. If you achieve a Key Skill at Level 2 or 3 you will gain UCAS points that will contribute towards the entry qualifications for many universities.
Below are a few tips to help you choose the right course to study:
1. Identify what awards you have or are likely to achieve, and at what grades - this will help you identify what level of study would be appropriate. To learn about the main entry qualifications, you can download or request a prospectus, or contact the Course Information Centre.
2. Deciding what course is right for you is not just about what level of study. It is also about deciding what style of study and assessment would suit your preferences and needs. You can find more about the qualifications offered at Croydon College here and the differences between AS/A levels, NVQs, BTECs and Apprenticeships here.
3. Think about how you are going to fund your studies: this will help you decide whether studying full-time and having a part-time job or ‘earning and learning’ on an Apprenticeship is best for you. For further details on Apprenticeship Training opportunities visit the Apprenticeships page.
4. Identify what you would like to do once you have left college, for example, whether you are keen to get straight into employment or whether you are hoping to progress to further study or university - this will help identify whether those qualifications that generally provide a route into university (such as AS/A levels, BTEC Nationals) would be more appropriate than those qualifications that focus on providing a route into employment (such as NVQs).
5. Get as much advice and guidance as possible from teachers, careers advisors, parents/guardians and friends before making your choice. If, having read about all the different qualifications available, you are still uncertain about what would be best for you, call the Course Information Centre to discuss your options.