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Student FAQs

These FAQS are designed to help you make a more informed decision about applying for college.

How is college life different from school?

At New City College we offer a wide range of A levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships that gives you the skills to progress to University or succeed in the workplace. You will benefit from working on real-life projects and briefs for real business clients in our learning companies.

What if you don’t get the grades you were expecting?

Don’t panic! We use both your GCSE results and a school reference. When you come into College to enrol, we will sit down with you and look at your results. If you have not achieved the entry requirements for the study programme you’ve applied to, we will discuss alternative choices and help find the right course for you.

What is the entrance criteria for New City College?

Entry criteria are based on course levels and requirements. Please see the further information tab on the course you are interested in here. All students under 19 are required to study English and Maths until they achieve a grade 4 or better. This will mean anyone below this will have to take either Functional Skills to build up their knowledge followed by a GCSE, or retake GCSE if they have a G3.

What happens if I feel I have enrolled on the wrong course?

If we, or you, realise during the first 4 weeks that you are not on the right programme for you, our team will immediately work with you to explore other options available here at New City College.

How can I be sure that I am safe at College?

At New City College we have dedicated security staff who ensure that all students study in a safe environment. Entry to the college is only permitted with a college ID card.

Will I be attending College five days per week?

College attendance is different from school and full-time courses do not necessarily run every day of the week. Some courses require 4 or 5 days attendance at College while others require fewer.

Is there a flexible learning pattern? I want to keep on working.

Committing to studying needn’t mean leaving your job – indeed, ongoing work experience and applied learning is an important component of most courses. We offer choices that enable students to design their learning pattern around their lifestyle.

Can I get an apprenticeship?

Employers all over the UK recognise and value apprenticeships as they show you've been trained in the skills they need. We deliver apprenticeship training at employers' premises or at one of our college campuses in Poplar, Hackney and Redbridge. Please see full details on our apprenticeships page

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