Going to college and still have questions?

What if I don’t get the grades I need for my college course? 

Don’t panic, make sure that you attend enrolment day as college staff will speak to you about your grades and course choices. They will be able to guide you to make the best decisions. Make sure that you take your exam results with you.

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My school experience has not been good? What is different about college?

College is not the same. You will have more independence, meet new people, and your timetable will be more flexible than it was at school. 

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What if I haven’t heard anything from college?

  • Have you recently changed your email or home address? Make sure that you have informed the colleges that you have applied to of any such changes.  
  • Email or phone the admissions department at the colleges that you have applied to, asking for an update on your application. 
  • Sign into the college portal when you are informed about this to make sure you don't miss any important information. 
  • Keep trying and don’t give up as colleges can be very busy with calls and enquires. Ask a parent or your adviser to help if you're not getting through or not getting the answers you need. 
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What if I wasn't contacted about my first choice?

Ask for reasons why this has happened from the college’s admissions department. 

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I may need learning or wellbeing support

Colleges have dedicated Learning Support and Wellbeing Teams to offer assessment of needs and support. 

  • Let them know in advance what’s on your mind. 
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help as colleges can support you if they know what your needs are.  
  • Some colleges offer summer transition support programmes to help you settle in. 
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I'm feeling nervous about attending on the first day

It’s completely normal when you try something new and does not last forever.  Be prepared as much as possible for your first day as this can really help you not feel quite so nervous. Check out the handy first day checklist and you’ll be ready.    

This video will also give you hints and tips on how to deal with those first day nerves: Dealing with First Day Nerves - YouTube

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I’m worried about the costs of going to college. 

  • You may be eligible for a college bursary. A bursary is a sum of money given to students via their college based on financial need, to assist with the costs associated with attending college, I.e. travel, lunch, and equipment. 
  • Apply early for the bursary and then it could be in place for when you start at college. You can usually apply via the college website from mid-July onwards. 
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I'm not sure if I can get transport or afford transport to college

If you need to get a bus to college, Norfolk County Council have a post 16 travel scheme. Speak to the Travel and Transport team at your chosen college as they sometimes have information about deals that they have negotiated with bus local companies. If you are entitled to a bursary (see above) the college may be able to arrange to pay for your bus pass directly. 

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What if I have chosen the wrong course or I’ve changed my mind?  

Don’t just stop going as the college will want to help you. Speak to your subject teacher, tutor or student services in your first few weeks and tell them how you feel. They will try and help you look at alternative courses and the options that are available.  

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What if I struggle with friendships?

There are ups and downs with any friendships, that’s completely normal, but don’t let that be a reason for not going to college. Speak to your family, course tutor or visit student services to get support. Even though things may feel difficult sometimes, generally these things pass and getting help from a trusted adult at college may help you resolve the issues.   

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What if I see people from school I don’t like or who bullied me? 

Check out the the section about bullying on Help You Choose. Colleges will not tolerate bullying. College is very different to school and therefore people behave differently. If you do have any concerns talk to your tutor or visit student services for advice.  There are always people at college to help you deal with difficult situations. It is important not to put up with it or stop attending college. 

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