As an adult returning to education, you are likely to have many demands on your time. For this reason, we offer a range of flexible, part-time qualification courses.
Are you thinking about returning to education?
Perhaps you left school early and never got the chance to gain the official qualifications you now seek? Or, maybe you want to increase your chances of employment by boosting your skills and getting training in a particular subject or industry?
How and when do I apply?
The College year runs from September to July BUT you should apply for your course as early as possible in the year beforehand - i.e. from January. This will allow the College plenty of time to arrange your Interview. Also, the earlier you apply the better chance of gaining a place. Bear in mind that the College closes for Admissions in July and August. Take advantage of our Open Days which are held throughout the Year. Check our website for details. www.canterburycollege.ac.uk
How much does it cost, and Is there any help with funding the course?
The Government-subsidised Full-Time fee is £1480 per year for 2011/2012 for which there are a limited number of places available. The Full Fee is £3000 per year (2011/2012) otherwise. Advice will be given at Interview. Further information will be published on this website in the coming months as the details arising from the changes in government policy become known. There is help available for those on Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance who are on Government-subsidised courses.
Do I have the right qualifications and experience to join the course?
Many of the subjects available at Canterbury College are offered at various levels. For example, as a full-time student, you could do a Diploma in Business (level 2), move onto to an Extended Diploma in the same subject (level 3) and from there progress to an HND or Foundation Degree (level 5). A number of other qualifications are also available part-time.
Our prospectuses will outline for each course what the pre-entry requirements are. Further Advice is available from the Information, Advice and Guidance Team on 01227-811188.
When do your courses start?
Most of our courses start in September, at the beginning of the College year. There are some but not many full-time courses that start at other points in the College year. Check our website regularly for other opportunities through the year.
Is the course appropriate for me?
This will depend on a variety of factors. We recommend that you contact the Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01227 811188. Adults may wish to speak with our National Careers Service Advisor for FREE, confidential one-to-one advice. Please telephone Juliet Morris on (01227) 81 11 88 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there Creche facilities and is other help available?
Contact Debra Ashley at the Children’s Centre on (01227) 811108 to arrange a tour of the centre and to go through the paperwork and fees. The Children’s Centre accepts children from 2 years of age, there is no baby unit.
Are there evening courses for trades?
All our part-time courses, especially in Trades, are Day-time, or Day Release, or through our Apprenticeships programmes.
Are there Apprenticeships available and is there help in finding them?
We do not arrange Apprenticeships for students. However our Work-Based Learning Team in CT Recruitment are available for advice on Apprenticeships, and they liaise with Employers and Employees for our Day-Release programmes. The WBL team can be contacted on (01227) 81 11 50; and CT Recruitment on (01227) 81 12 47.
Free advice and guidance
The College has a team of advisors dedicated to ensuring you get onto the right course for you and your aspirations. To make a one-to-one appointment to discuss your plans, make an informed choice based on accurate information and get on the right level course, please contact the team.
Phone: 01227 811188
Interested in Access and Degrees?
You may need to take a qualification before you can get onto a university degree or other higher education course. An Access to Higher Education Diploma is likely to be your best option and Canterbury College offers a range of Pre-Access and Access to Higher Education and Higher National Diploma and Degree programmes.