Preparing for College - Help & Advice for Parents & Carers
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We recognise that parents and carers play a vital role in helping young people move from school to college, and in supporting them in decision making about their education and future.

At Capital City College Group (CCCG), we are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience for your child and are committed to working with you to help your child achieve their goals and succeed whilst studying at college.

Coming to college is different to staying at school or going to a sixth form centre; here, your child will be treated like an adult, giving them the independence necessary for university and employment. Each of our students are individuals – whether they are following an academic or vocational route – and we offer each of them unique support to help them achieve their goals and succeed whilst at college.

We offer three main routes for your child to progress into university or employment – A Levels, vocational courses (including T Levels) and apprenticeships. You can find out our courses available here.

Careers Advice

Careers information, advice and guidance is crucial to helping your child ensure they are on the right path to achieve their future goals. Our careers team are on-hand to support your child through every step of their journey.

Careers Events

As a parent or carer, you undoubtedly want the best for your child, and that includes their education and future career. Join one of our career information sessions and find out the educational and career opportunities available.

With so many options and pathways available, it can be overwhelming to navigate the many decisions that come with helping your child prepare for their future. That’s why we’re excited to invite you to our online information sessions about education and career pathways.

These sessions are designed to provide parents with valuable information and resources to help guide their child’s post-16 education and career journey. 

The panels include curriculum experts, employers, careers advisors, current students and alumni students to provide a well-rounded view of the support and opportunities available to young people studying at college.

To find out more information on these sessions and to register your place, visit our Careers Events page here.

Parents Evenings

If your child is already studying with us at one of our colleges; City and Islington College (CANDI)The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) or Westminster Kingsway College (Westking), we would very much like to meet you during our parents’ and guardians’ evenings.

Please book your attendance here. We look forward to meeting you.

Support for students with disabilities and learning difficulties

Our Learner Experience team are here to support, encourage and help your child thrive. They provide quality advice and guidance and can also offer learning support to help if your child needs extra help with English or Maths, if they are dyslexic or if they have a disability or a learning difficulty.

We also offer a wide range of specialist programmes for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities at our King’s Cross Centre, Alexandra Centre in Camden and Kennet West Centre in Westminster, with programmes leading to accredited qualifications and pathways for independent living, employment and essential skills. Westminster Kingsway College is an accessible college, and we are committed to providing adjustments to ensure our disabled students can succeed. 

Our Access Support team contact all applicants who have disclosed a disability on their application form for a confidential discussion on any support that may be required. Some learners prefer to let their tutors and teachers know of their support needs when they are already on the course. This results in a referral to the Access Support team who will then work with the teaching staff as well as the student.

The team also assist students experiencing mental health difficulties. They are qualified to listen to learners’ concerns and ensure that appropriate adjustments are made in college. They can act on a learner’s behalf with teachers and tutors, or help learners access support from within the college or from external agencies. Any conversation that is had with a learner is treated confidentially and sensitively.

For more information, please contact the team here.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Choosing where and what to study after GCSEs is an important and life-changing decision, and parents and carers often have many questions about college. Here we’ve compiled some of the questions we get asked most often – and the answers:

What is the difference between college and school/sixth form?

In many ways, college and staying at school (or going to a dedicated sixth form) are very similar – we all want the best future for your child. 

Many students feel they have outgrown school by the time they have finished their GCSEs and look forward to being in a new environment, making new friends, and choosing what they want to study to help them succeed in their chosen careers. 

At college, we have a wider selection of courses than most schools or sixth forms, with tutors that have worked in industry, to equip your child with the skills they need for their future.

We use our study programmes – which include work-related learning, work experience and employment skills, and their main qualification (as well as English and maths, if they have not achieved a grade 9-4 at GCSE) – to encourage them to begin thinking, working and studying more independently, while still providing high levels of support. This helps our students become better equipped for the workplace or further study.

Can my child still go to university if they study at college?

Yes – nearly all of our Level 3 courses will enable your child to earn UCAS points, the same as studying at school or going to a specific sixth form.

We offer a wide range of vocational courses at CCCG. Our Level 3 Extended Diplomas (often called BTECs, named after one of the validating organisations), studied over two years, can give the same number of UCAS points as studying a programme of A Levels at school or sixth form – find out more at UCAS’ website.

What is the cost of my child studying at college?

The Government pay course fees for learners aged 16 to 18 directly to the college, though there might be travel costs and specialist equipment required for their course.

There are many financial support schemes, including bursaries, for eligible students – find out more on our course fees and financial help page.

Will I still receive child benefit?

The eligible parent or carer of any learner under 20 can continue to receive child benefit, whilst their child is in full-time education. For more information, please click here.

How does the college support my child?

Your child’s tutors have the responsibility of ensuring that the individual students in their group achieve their potential. We encourage all students to approach our staff with any concerns they may have. 

We encourage you to contact our staff if you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress. 

There are also specialist services to which students can be referred. These include careers, welfare and specialist mentors. 

Students follow a structured programme of personal and social education, careers and higher education, together with one-to-one monitoring of their progress. Students and staff discuss progress and set and monitor targets for improvement. Attendance and punctuality are also formally monitored. 

We use an online service for students to check their progress and set targets to improve their learning. You can access this, and see your child’s progress and attendance by asking them to log in.

Are there Parents/Carers evenings for me to attend?

Each student has a minimum of three formal progress reviews each academic year. These reviews consider attendance, attitude to work, participation in class and progress, amongst other factors. 

For parents’ evenings, you will be invited to visit our centres, meet our staff and discuss your child’s progress. We hope you and your child will be able to attend.

You can help your child by encouraging them to leave sufficient time for study outside of college so that they complete all their homework and assignments by the stated deadlines and to the best of their ability. It is expected that students on two-year courses will continue into the second year, however, this is subject to satisfactory attendance and progress. 

Please see our Parents’ Evenings booking form page for details on how to book your appointment.

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