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Unsure what course to study?

You just need to answer three simple questions about your study preferences, interests and predicted grades and we can suggest courses that might suit you.

  • 1 Study type
  • 2 Your Interests
  • 3 Your Grades
Question 1

How would you prefer to study?

Question 2

What are your interests?

Question 3

What grades have you achieved or are predicted?

These results are a suggestion of courses you may want to explore but are by no means a definitive list and individual entry requirements do apply.

Information for Careers Advisors

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Why College?

Our aim is to give every young person the opportunities to achieve to the best of their abilities, so they can progress to further study with us, to find employment or an apprenticeship or progress to higher education. We are committed to ensuring they get the best education possible and will do everything we can to help them achieve their goals.

The aim of this page is to give you some useful information about the College, the services and support we offer both you and your students, and to ensure students have access to all the information they need when making important decisions about their future. We look forward to a successful partnership, working with you to ensure your student’s success.

Janet Meenaghan
Group CEO & Principal of Stamford College

Taster Days

We can help arrange a taster experience for your school which can involve:

  • Complimentary snacks and refreshments
  • Full College tour
  • Workshops of your choice (Apprenticeships /​A Levels vs Diplomas /​University Level /​applications support)
  • Free goody bags with College information to take away

If this is something you may be interested in, please let us know at events@​stamford.​ac.​uk and we will arrange a date to suit your schedule and tailor a package to suit your specific needs. 

Qualifications Explained

English & Maths
If a student of yours hasn’t achieved their GCSE English or maths A* to C it will be mandatory for them to continue to study English and maths alongside their main qualification.

A Levels
Studying A Levels will give students a broad knowledge base to continue to university. Although A Levels are an academic, theory-based route, we pride ourselves on our modern approach, which includes practical elements, live projects and community work.

Diplomas
These subjects will allow your students to gain the skills and knowledge to progress to employment. Level 3 (Extended) Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A Levels and are an alternative route to university. If a student knows the career path they would like to take, or prefer to learn in a hands on way – this is the route for them!

Apprenticeships
As a careers advisor you want your students to get the best possible start in their career. An Apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your students to earn while they learn, gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Application Support

Applying to college is a big step so we want to ensure our application process is as simple as possible for your students.

Students can apply online, on our website or by post.

If you need any help or guidance with the application process or to keep track on the number of applications from your school please contact us on 01780 484311.

Myth Buster

MYTH: A Levels are better than BTEC Diploma qualifications.

FACT: Level 3 (Extended) Diploma qualifications are the equivalent to three A Levels in terms of UCAS points. Vocational qualifications allow for the development of invaluable skills and students gain real skills for real life, so they’re prepared for the real world. At Stamford College you will find that our industry standard facilities replicate real working environments, and that we have links with over 4,000 local employers for work experience opportunities. Work experience ensures students will have a strong CV and this will be implemented within their course as part of their Next Steps Passport.

MYTH: You need to study A Levels to get in to university.

FACT: Students studying Level 3 Vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Extended Diploma can gain up to 360 UCAS points (depending on their grades) equivalent to 3 A* at A Level. UCAS points along with the development of real work skills ensure that our students can progress to university level study. Apprentices can also progress to university level study with Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4).

MYTH: You have to go to university to get a degree.

FACT: You can study university level qualifications at University Centre Peterborough (UCP), with courses based at both our Stamford and Peterborough campuses. We offer a range of higher education qualifications such as HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees. These career-focused courses are a great alternative to moving away to university and if you want to top up’ to a full degree you can do in just one further year. UCP is an approved partner of ARU who accredits some of the undergraduate degree courses at the Peterborough campus. UCP is also approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards at both our Peterborough and Stamford campuses.

MYTH: You don’t run a College bus from where my students live.

FACT: Our buses pick up from 85 different locations throughout Lincolnshire, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, and most service buses run by Lincolnshire County Council also stop at the College. If you need to more information, our Transport team can help or if think your student may have difficulty paying for the transport, financial support may be available to subsidise these costs. Contact us if you need us on 01780 484300 ext 344.

MYTH: My student is still undecided and will miss the application deadline.

FACT: We don’t have a deadline for applications, in fact our applications stay open until late September! However if your student knows what they want to do it’s best to get their application in quick as some courses are very popular. Even if your student starts a course they’re not happy in, our 6 week transfer window will ensure they are on a course they love and are successful with. If they are undecided, they can visit our taster event (see back page for more details).

Useful Links

Click on the links below to access the following information:

Transport

Financial Support

Support Services

Apprenticeships

University Centre Peterborough

Order Course Guides

Click the link below to view or download our prospectus. Please contact us if your school requires printed copies of our Course Guide and other publications.

 

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