Welcome Event Goes Online

Prospective students hoping to join Solihull Sixth Form College in September got a taste of advanced level study this week with a series of online live streaming events as part of Welcome to College Week.

Year 11 applicants from across Solihull and Birmingham normally come onto campus for a day of taster sessions in June. With the need to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe, the College moved this event online this year and teachers delivered their sessions live to students via Microsoft Teams Live.

The College offers more than 40 A level, BTEC and CACHE courses – all Level 3 qualifications. With students joining the College from schools across the region, preparatory sessions like this are an important part of helping students to transition onto the next stage of their education. While students are excited about this new challenge, this next step can also seem a bit daunting and it is the College’s objective to ensure we minimise any stress students feel. We pride ourselves on our friendly and inclusive atmosphere, as well as our academic provision, so giving students the opportunity to ask our teachers questions has been vital.

As well as ensuring students know what to expect from our A level, BTEC and CACHE courses, we have also put on live streaming sessions about a range of enrichment options. Enrichment is an activity that students can do alongside their studies, with options ranging from Music and Drama to Sport, Languages and even academic academies such as our Pre-Medical School, English Academy and Psychology Research School.

Assistant Principal Louise Dale-Barron commented:

“We have been delighted with the response from prospective students to this week’s schedule of live events. We ran 65 online events, with teachers working really hard to make sure Year 11 students are not disadvantaged by current circumstances. Moving onto college is a big step for these students, but our aim is always to make that transition as straight forward as possible. These live events should help these students to be confident in the subject choices they have made and we look forward to welcoming them into College in September.”

26 June 2020