Frequently Asked Questions
I’m worried that my son/daughter will find college too daunting.
How will they be looked after while at College?
We believe that each learner is an individual. While we give learners the freedom to grow into successful young adults, we offer a full range of support facilities to each and every learner.
- Personal tutors
- Student mentoring
- Careers Advice
- Learning support
- Financial assistance as appropriate
- Safeguarding policy
In addition, there are lots of activities during the induction process, all designed to help them meet new people and quickly settle into college life.
How will I be kept up to date about my son/daughter’s progress?
We are keen to work alongside you throughout your child’s studies. We organise parent’s evenings, operate a progress report system and work with parents on a one to one basis if any problems should arise.
Does my son/daughter have to be in college when they do not have a lesson?
Learners are expected to supplement class time with additional individual or group study. Most learners study in the Learning Resource centre. This has a comprehensive range of learning materials, including IT equipment, books (including e-books), magazines and CD ROMS. We believe in developing each student as an individual and offer a range of activities to support this development including work experience, fund raising and so on. In addition, the enrichment programme offers students the chance to meet new people; relax with friends and offers a range of sporting activities (football, badminton etc), trips (Theatre trips, trips to the BBC and the House of Commons etc) and clubs. We also have a Student Partnership Council.
My son/daughter is thinking of studying a ‘vocational’ course but I’m worried it will affect their chances of going to University.
Students no longer need to do traditional A Level qualifications in order to go to University. Many Level 3 College courses are recognised as equivalent to 3 A Levels and are accepted by Universities as an alternative entry route.On average over 70% of our learners go to university each year. If they decide not to go to university, the vocational course will have prepared them for the world of work, giving them the advantage when it comes to getting a job.
I’m not sure what course would suit my son/daughter.
How can I be sure that they are enrolled on the right course for them?
The College Admissions Team is available at any time to give advice to young people and their parents on the range of options available. Once your young person has applied for a course at the college, they will be invited in for an informal interview. This is so that we can ensure that they have applied for the right course. It also gives students a chance to meet the tutor, ask any questions and get more detailed information about the course. Parents are welcome to attend.
How do I find out more about what the College has to offer?
Contact the John Ruskin College Admissions team on 020 8651 1131 or check out the information on this website which provides details about every aspect of the college.