Applying to college
College is the perfect destination for school leavers who want to develop new skills and get qualifications in a course that wasn't available at school.
It also helps to bridge the gap between school and University, as students who did not meet the entry requirements for University can study at college to achieve the necessary grades.
Have a Career Goal
As you approach your senior phase it is crucial that you begin to think about what you want to do after school.
What subjects do you enjoy?
This will help you to narrow down what career would interest you. If you really enjoy a subject, consider getting a HNC or HND in college. Doing something you love will make a course enjoyable!
What are you passionate about?
As well as your subjects in school, consider your hobbies and interests out with school such as sport, music, drama, painting etc. Do something you love!
Consider your Skill Set
What skills do you have?
It is important that you are completely aware of your own skills and qualities. What are you good at? What makes you special? Knowing your skill set means that you can choose a course that best utilises them.
What skills do I need to develop?
When you have an idea of what you want to do after school, you can assess your abilities and work on acquiring skills at college that prepare you for your desired career.
Talk to your Career Advisor
Do you have the grades to apply for the course?
It is important that you look at the entry requirements of your desired course so that you can set targets for yourself before you apply. Every college has different entry requirements - your career advisor will help you choose the one best for you.
Talking to a career advisor can help you during your application process. Not only can the advisor recommend courses to you but will also look at your academic progress in your desired subjects to make sure you are on track to meet the college conditions.
The Career Advisor at Gryffe is Mrs F Anderson. Click below for more information on how to book an appointment.
You can contact the college you wish to apply to and arrange a faculty visit and tour of the site. You can also attend college open days.
This will give you the opportunity to get more information about the course you wish to do. Be sure to visit the college website as for they are designed to help you search for courses and look at the outcomes.
Apply To College
After you have decided what courses you would like to do, you must apply to the college directly. Visit the college website or call them directly to find out the best way to apply for the course you would like to apply. Most colleges require you to submit an online application on their website or email the course coordinator.
If you are in any doubt, speak to Mrs McGowan in the Hub.