We are aware that the move from school into Further Education can be a daunting one. This guide will explain the services that we offer to help you support your son or daughter as they make the move from school into college.
We have high expectations of our students and will do all that we can to support them in gaining the qualifications and skills they will need to move into employment or University. We appreciate that you will also want the very best for them and for that reason we encourage you to take an active and encouraging role in their further education.
Please do not hesitate to contact your son/daughter's course tutor - or our Student Services team - at any time, if you have any concerns about their progress at college, or any other matter. Due to Data Protection Act restrictions, we are unable to provide parents/carers with information about your son or daughter immediately over the telephone. We will take your details and we will phone you back, once we have verified that we are able to provide you with the information you request.
Why choose us?
Offering a wide range of courses spread across North East Wales, Coleg Cambria attracts students from across North Wales and North West England.
Whether studying a specialist land-based course at Northop or Llysfasi, A levels, or one of the many other vocational options at our Deeside, Yale or Wrexham Training sites, our students receive access to excellent teaching, facilities and resources.
We also encourage our students to make the most of the additional experiences offered at college, whether that be through second language, volunteering, and field trip options available through the Welsh Bac, fundraising activities for our adopted charity of the year or as part of sporting, debating or one of the many other student clubs.
We enjoy extremely strong links with the local organisations based in the industries that we support and also with Universities across the country. Our courses reflect the needs of these stakeholders and our students benefit greatly from these links, through work experience options, careers guidance and guest lecturers.
Our Responsibility to You
We greatly value the contacts that we have with parents and carers, believing that your son or daughter is most likely to achieve if we all work in partnership. We therefore understand the importance of staying in contact and hold parents evenings and as well as issuing reports to keep you updated on progress for all students aged under 18 years (in compliance with the Data Protection Act). Your son or daughter’s Personal Tutor will also become a main for you to discuss progress, concerns or any other matters.
We are committed to providing excellence and in turn expect excellent standards from all of our students. We offer a safe, friendly and welcoming environment and expect good behaviour and respect. During their induction, all students will be issued with an online Student Handbook which outlines the Student Code of Conduct, our key rules and regulations. The formal Disciplinary Procedure will also be explained at this time.
As part of our commitment to ensuring that we provide a safe environment for all of our students, we operate a zero tolerance of bullying. If you have concerns about your son or daughter being bullied, then please contact their Personal Tutor or our Student Services team immediately.
The Personal Touch
All fulltime students are allocated a Personal Tutor as part of their induction during the first few weeks of term. During October all new students will receive a detailed review with their Tutor to make sure that they are on the correct course. A Personal Tutor will also throughout their course, provide students with support in anything from settling in, to looking at career and higher education options, improving studying techniques, and creating progress action plans.
We realise that many students, for a variety of reasons, need additional help to succeed with their studies and achieve their potential. To this end, all of our fulltime students are given an informal assessment of support needs, so that we can identify where extra help maybe required. Should you wish to discuss how your son or daughter may benefit from additional needs, please contact our Students Services team on 0300 30 30 007.
Our Study Skills team offers a wide range of help and support including:
- Support with coursework, writing and maths skills
- Specialist equipment and support for specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, Irlen’s Syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Learning Support Assistants who provide help in and out of the classroom
- Additional time and special arrangements for examinations
- All additional support needs are handled discreetly and with the prior permission of the individual
We actively encourage applications from students with additional needs and disabilities, and are committed to ensuring that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties are treated fairly. We will make all reasonable adjustments to provisions to ensure that disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged. If your son or daughter does have a disability, please let us know so that we can do everything possible to help them succeed. Find out more about our Disability support.
The Next Steps
Supporting your son or daughter to progress, whether it is into employment or higher education, is our main objective. To assist with this, we have a dedicated Careers advisors, who helps our students prepare and plan for these next steps. Help is available in making decisions about which steps to take next, along with guidance on application and interview processes.
Use the form below to send a message to our Student Services team:
If your question is not answered below, please ask us directly.
- What are the differences between school and college?
- I am concerned about personal difficulties my son or daughter is facing. What should I do?
- How much homework will my son or daughter be given?
- Will a BTEC National Diploma allow my son or daughter to progress to university?
- Who should I contact if I have concerns about my son or daughter and their progress at college?
- Will I still be able to carry on receiving Child Benefit if son or daughter stays on in college?
- What eating and drinking facilities are available?
- What should I do if I wish to make a complaint?
1. What are the differences between school and college?
In many ways, school and college are remarkably similar. Attendance at classes is compulsory, students are required to meet all deadlines for the submission of work, and students are expected to behave in a responsible way so that they do not prevent others from learning. Our Student Code of Conduct outlines the rules and regulations which we expect students to conform to. Like school, no-one is legally required to attend college after the age of 16. There is no upper age limit; we have many adult students at here and, although most attend courses designed for adults, we welcome them on all our courses. It is possible, therefore, that there may be adult students in your son's or daughter's class; adult students are nearly always very committed to their course and work hard, so they set an excellent example to 16-17 year olds!
2. I am concerned about personal difficulties my son or daughter is facing. What should I do?
If you think the College can help, you are most welcome to contact your son's or daughter's course tutor or Personal Tutor, or the Student Services team. If appropriate, we will do our best to put you in touch with a relevant agency outside the College.
3. How much homework will my son or daughter be given?
This will vary from course to course, but all students on full-time courses should be spending some time each week on work outside classes, which can include research for assignments and extra/supplementary reading as well as set homework. Less than 3-4 hours a week would be unusual, and homework will of course increase at certain periods of the year, such as prior to examinations or assignment deadlines. If you are concerned that your son or daughter does not appear to be spending sufficient time studying, please contact their course tutor.
4. Will a BTEC course allow my son or daughter to progress to university?
Yes. The majority of universities accept BTEC National Diplomas which are equivalent to 3 A levels. Ask your son or daughter to speak to our Careers advisers for more information on university entrance requirements.
5. Who should I contact if I have concerns about my son or daughter and their progress at college?
Please contact their Course Tutor or Personal Tutor, or contact Student Services on 0300 30 30 007.
6. Will I still be able to carry on receiving Child Benefit if son or daughter stays on in college?
If your son or daughter is 16, 17 or 18 and learning full-time, you will still be able to carry on receiving Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits. For more information, go to www.hmrc.gov.uk.
7. What eating and drinking facilities are available?
A wide variety of meals, snacks and drinks (including healthy meal options) are provided in college from Monday to Friday. Take a look at the facilities available at each college site.
8. What should I do if I wish to make a complaint?
If you do have any concerns about your son's or daughter's course or any other matter concerning Coleg Cambria, please contact their Course Tutor in the first instance, and the Student Services team, if you feel you need additional help. We do recommend that you talk through the problem with the course tutor or the Head of Programmes, as on most occasions we have found this is the best way to resolve problems. However, if you would like to make a complaint, please write to The Principal at Coleg Cambria.