Admissions

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Information provided here refers to courses commencing from September 2017. If you are looking for part-time courses, higher education or apprenticeships and would like to find out more please click here

Interview Guide

 

Transforming through learning

There is more freedom and flexibility than ever before to innovate and deliver exciting study programmes, alongside ensuring that we continue to focus on the high quality delivery to the world class standard demanded by our employers.

Colleges have a huge responsibility within their communities and GYC is no exception. Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas need our graduates to progress and add value locally to help drive the economic outcomes. We already contribute a great deal and we will continue to do much more.

Every student is supported to a planned and meaningful progression route to either employment or higher education. Students are also supported in their own wellbeing to develop resilience, ‘soft skills’ and the leadership qualities they will need to be successful in a 21st Century jobs market.

We continuously strive to ensure that GYC is a great place to study and work; a place where talent can be nurtured. We do this, being guided by our core values and a relentless focus on our vision of excellence.

Becoming part of our success

We are proud to be dynamic, fun, career-focused, supportive, welcoming, friendly and relevant for today’s workplace – all descriptions of the College by our students.
The employers we work with across many employment sectors say we’re teaching our students the right skills for their workforces as well as how to be a good employee.

You are joining the College at a successful and exciting time

The first phase of a £6.2m investment to bring our campus up to standard was completed in 2014 and the second phase opened in 2015. The refurbishments provide modern, well equipped and inviting learning environments, raising aspirations and encouraging learning. The new facilities include a glass-fronted Learning and Resource Centre, a new Maths and English Centre, self-study and directed learning spaces and modern, well equipped class rooms. All furnished and equipped to 21st Century standards.
This Government investment will give our students the best facilities in the area.

You will benefit from professional tuition

As a student at GYC you will benefit from expert tuition. GYC is very proud of its tutors, many of whom are working professionals and practitioners committed to sharing their experience and expertise and with all important links into industry.

You can enjoy the best success rates in the area – our key facts:

  • Our student overall success rate is 87.1% compared to a national average of 84.8%
  • Students at GYC have an achievement rate of 93.6%
  • GYC’s overall apprenticeship success rate is 5% OVER the national average
  • GYC’s timely completion of apprenticeships is 12% OVER the national average.
  • Our ESOL provision is “outstanding” (Ofsted)
  • Access provision aimed at 24+ is “outstanding” (Ofsted)
  • 80% of GYC students applying through UCAS go on to Higher Education (University)

What’s more, our student survey confirmed that:

  • 92% of students would recommend the college to a friend
  • 94% agreed that teaching on their course was good
  • 95% felt they had been well supported

All transport is dealt with by Norfolk or Suffolk County Council. Bus travel passes are available for those learners ages 16-18 who live 3 miles or more from the College. It is your responsibility to apply for your own transport in readiness for your first day at College. Please apply in plenty of time, as this process at can take several weeks to complete.

Please see below information to help you:

Norfolk

If you live in Norfolk please go to: www.norfolk.gov.uk/post16transport or ring 0344 800 8020.

Suffolk

If you live in Suffolk please go to: www.suffolkonboard.com or ring 0345 606 6173

Additional costs during your studies

Some courses require the purchase of specialist equipment and/or clothing. Courses may also include trips, visits or residential activities. Financial support may be available to you depending on your circumstances, please see below.

Discretionary Learning Support Fund

All students can apply for funding to support the additional costs involved in their course. These may include support with travel, equipment/uniform, childcare, visits and other course related costs. This is a discretionary fund allocated to low income households on a first come, first served basis. Application forms will be available from June 2017.

16-19 Bursary

A 16-19 Bursary entitles you to financial support of £1,200 for a full time programme of study. To qualify for a 16-19 Bursary you need to be:

  • In care or recently left
  • Living independently on Universal Credits
  • Disabled and receiving both personal independence payments and employment support allowance

FREE College Meals

If you were entitled to free school meals at your previous educational establishment then you may be entitled to free meals at GYC (if your qualifying conditions are still the same).

Students must be between 16 and 18 years of age on 31st August 2017 to be eligible in the academic year 2017/18. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will be eligible to the end of the academic year or study programme (whichever is sooner).

What stage are you at?

I’ve applied

  • You will receive an acknowledgement text or letter within one week of applying.
  • Following this we will be in touch shortly to discuss your application or arrange an interview with a tutor from your area of interest.

I have my interview date

  • We look forward to seeing you at your interview. Come along to the main college reception a few minutes before your interview time. Read through the Interview Guide and GYC Financial Support flyer which can be found within the admission section on our website. You are welcome to bring a parent, carer or friend with you.
  • If you can’t make your interview date please let us know as soon as possible. This will allow us to make an alternative date for you and offer your original space to someone else.

I’m unsure if I’ve applied for the right course or have questions

  • We recommend you come along to the interview and find out more to help you decide if it’s the right course for you. However if you wish to transfer you application to an alternative course, please get in touch with the Admissions team.
  • We have a team of Progression Advisors to help you with any questions you might have. Please contact us if you would like to talk to someone or arrange an appointment on 01493 419290, email us on myfuture@gyc.ac.uk or text us on 07880972706.

I missed my interview date

  • Please give us a call as soon as you remember so that we can arrange a new appointment for you.

I’ve had my interview and been offered a place

  • Congratulations that’s great news! We will write to you shortly with confirmation of your place and any agreed conditions of your offer.
  • Once you receive your offer we just need you to confirm you wish to accept the place – you offer letter will explain how to do this. You can call, text or email us.
  • If you have decided the course offered is not for you after all please let us know. Simply give us a call on 01493 419284.

I’ve had my interview and but wasn’t offered a place

  • Sometimes there are reasons why we are unable to offer you a place. These reasons will have been discussed with you at interview. We will contact you if this is the case. Whatever the reason we have a team of Progression Advisors who will help you explore alternative courses and options that will be suited to you. If you have any questions please contact us on 01493 419290, email us on myfuture@gyc.ac.uk or text us on 07880972706.

All full-time study programmes hold a ‘Preparation for College day’. These takes place from 26th June – 30th June 2017. Details of which day will be sent to you in May. It is important that you attend in order to help prepare you for your new course.

A’ Level results day 17th August 2017
GCSE results day 24th August 2017

Main enrolment – 22nd August to 1st September 2017 – details of your enrolment day and time will be confirmed by the start of August.

College starts from Monday 4th September 2017 – details of your actual start date and time will be confirmed during enrolment in August but you should expect to start college from this week.

Admissions Team
Georgia Morris – Admissions Coordinator – g.morris@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 419237
Nicola Leggett – Admissions Officer – n.leggett@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 419284
Louie Stronach – Admissions Apprentice – l.stronach@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 419267

Alternatively you can text the Admissions Team on 07825 027401 or email admissions@gyc.ac.uk

Progression Advisor Team

Information Centre and Absence Line – 01493 419290

Stephanie Willis – Progression Advisor – s.willis@gyc.ac.uk  – 01493 418313
Dinah Hughes – Progression Advisor – d.hughes@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 419266
Anton Ravera- Wellbeing and Progression Coordinator – a.ravera@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 419280

Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Tiffany Ward – Safeguarding Coordinator – t.ward@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 418338
Maria Watson- Acting Student Wellbeing and Tutorial Coordinator – m.watson@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 418324

Reception and Information Centre
Linda Gardiner – Receptionist – l.gardiner@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 655261
David Slater – English, Maths and ESOL Apprentice – 01493 419293 – d.slater@gyc.ac.uk
Nikki Lane – Head of Student, Wellbeing and Progression including Safeguarding – n.lane@gyc.ac.uk

Student Finance
Jade Cooper – Finance Coordinator – j.cooper@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 419254
Kerry Pickering – Student Finance Advisor – k.pickering@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 419272
Samantha Hall – Student Finance Apprentice – s.hall@gyc.ac.uk – 01493 418312

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