Welcome to College Day

Eager students hoping to join The Sixth Form College, Solihull visited the Widney Manor Road campus recently to get a taste of college life, as Welcome to College Day took place.

Student helpersThe annual event invited all prospective students with an offer to come into College for a day to have taster sessions in all the subjects they hold an offer in. The sessions involved a bit of fun and some serious study to give the students an accurate idea of what studying those courses will really be like and it will hopefully help them to determine if they have made the right choices for them. By talking to teachers and meeting some of their future classmates, students saw how the learning philosophy differs from that at school. At College, a greater emphasis is placed on independent learning. While teachers and academic coaches will be on hand to support students, we also want to prepare young people to face the world, be it at university, on an apprenticeship/training course or in employment.

Students who are planning to start A level and BTEC studies this September came into College over two days on Friday 30 June and Monday 3 July. The second day saw all those students with offers for BTEC courses complete the BTEC Challenge, when each BTEC course went head to head to build the tallest tower out of dry spaghetti and marshmallows! It got the competitive spirit of the students going and they built up team-working skills too.

College Principal Martin Sullivan commented:

“Welcome to College Day is always an enjoyable event for staff and students alike. Moving to a new college and starting advanced level courses is a big step up and this event is designed to make the transition as smooth as possible. We were delighted to see so many students in attendance and we are looking forward to welcoming them back later this summer after they have got their GCSE results.”

As well as getting a taste of their academic studies, students also got the chance to find out how they can enrich their time at College. With a host of enrichments available, there are lots of activities that students can get involved in, which can help them to make new friends and can boost their chances of getting top university offers. A programme of specialist academies, linked to careers, have been developed to give our students a head start. Ranging from a Pre-Medical School and Law Academy to a Shakespeare Academy and an Engineering Academy, these initiatives are highly regarded by universities. Other enrichment options available include sports, music, dance, drama, languages and student-led societies. Students also learned how they can get involved in the Student Council, Health Ambassador campaigns and volunteering projects.

5 July 2017