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Making the most of your Welcome Day

18.06.2020

You’ve applied to College, had an interview, been offered a place and now it’s time to come and give us a ‘test drive’ before the big start in September! Welcome Days are a not-to-be-missed opportunity, so if you’re not sure what they’re all about, then read on.

A warm welcome online

We know it’s hard not being able to finish your final term at school, but our Welcome Days are going ahead virtually to make sure you have everything you need in the run-up to starting with us.

Remember, attending our Welcome Day isn’t setting anything in stone. Even if you’re unsure about coming to College then please join in anyway. Most of the time students attend Welcome Day and realise that College is just right for them! It’s the best place to be to talk through all of your options.

What happens on the day?

Our virtual Welcome Day will provide you with an opportunity to ‘meet’ your lecturers, other students in your class and your personal tutor, who is there to provide you with one-to-one support outside of the classroom.

While we can’t enjoy activities together or look around the buildings, we’ve got plenty lined up for you online. And remember, everyone is in the same boat.

Here’s how the day will look…

Once you register for the Welcome Day you will be sent a unique log-in to access Moodle. Moodle is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that you don’t usually get access to until your first day at College. It enables you to communicate with your tutors and other students, and provides access to resources to support your learning.

When you log in on Welcome Day, you’ll be able to watch a video from our Principal, Ian Pryce, who will tell you a bit about life at College and what you can expect.

You’ll then have the option to choose your subject area and enter the department. Once in your department, you’ll be greeted via video link by the department Head and some of your subject tutors.

Before the Welcome Day you’ll be sent a ‘subject support pack’, which includes some pieces of work for you to try out. These are various tasks similar to what you’ll be doing when you start lessons at College. Why not have a go and ‘bring’ your work along to Welcome Day?

Once you’ve explored your subject area you will be able to access more online information packs on things like bursaries, Student Services, entry requirements and more.

Of course, a big part of a Welcome Day is making new friends! Our virtual breakout rooms will mean you can have a chat with the other students who are going to be on your course, alongside one of our current student ambassadors.

If you have questions about anything you see or hear during the Welcome Day, our team will be on hand to help you out.

So, as you can see, there’ll be lots to see and do. Bring a drink and a snack and join us on a virtual trip around College.

Top tips for starting College

September will be here in no time, so here are a few tips to get you off to a flying start at College:

  • Meeting new people – It can be difficult getting to know people at the beginning, but be yourself and you’ll make friends quickly. Also, be prepared to deliver some good conversation starters to help get the chat going!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Whether it’s finding a classroom or working out how to get your ID card, everyone is here to help you. You might also be helping others out by asking the questions they’ve also been wondering!
  • Get involved in new activities – Perhaps you’ve started a new hobby during lockdown and can’t wait to carry on at College, or maybe after a few months of boredom you’re ready to start something new! Either way, College is the perfect place to get involved.
  • Practise having a schedule – Make getting back into learning and attending lessons less of a shock by practising good time management and planning. You’ll be responsible for your own learning at College and organisation goes a long way.
  • Get to know your tutors – Your tutors are there for life advice as much as they are your studies, and they’ll be an invaluable asset to your College life. You’ll have plenty of one-to-one time with your tutors so try and make the most of their knowledge and resources. You may also need them to write you a reference later down the line.

If you have any questions regarding Welcome Day or starting College please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to help you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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