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Starting in September?

Do you know what you need to prepare for college? Got your money sorted? Worried about making friends?

We'll help you get everything ready before you start college with us.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, our Student Support and Advice and Admissions teams are still offering guidance by phone and email, if you want to speak to someone directly.

"I haven't got any friends who are going to the same college!"

There's a lot to take in when you first start with us and a lot of new faces: more than 700 people applied to an Activate Learning college following one Open Event! Coupled with all the new tutors and other staff then that is a lot of new people to meet!

However, bear in mind that everyone else is in the same boat and probably thinking the exact same thing as you: "how am I going to meet people and make new friends?". 

We also offer a fantastic Student's Union at all campuses.

There are also opportunities to meet new people when you start studying, within your tutor group, classes and societies. If you're still feeling shy or anxious, you can always speak to one of our Student Support team.

"I have to pay for my course and I'm worried about money."

If you have money concerns before you start, we have an array of bursaries available for eligible students. Check out our funding page for more info. Also, be sure to speak to our Advice and Admissions team when you come to collect your lanyard.

We also offer a variety of student support and learning support services. So, if you have any problems or concerns at all, just let us know. We are there to support your experience at college every step of the way.

Bring or buy your own device

As part of our guarantee to enable new students to work efficiently, whether on campus or remotely, we have set up a buy your own device scheme to enable all students to buy a laptop or tablet. We want everyone to have access to the right equipment even if they aren’t physically at college. So, we’ve teamed up with two companies, Academia and Dell, who can support you with buying a new device.  

There is a choice of devices available for you to choose from and the option to pay via a payment plan, so you can spread the cost. The devices are sold as bundles which includes a case and a warranty and the option to add insurance should you wish to do so. 

Visit our online store with Academia

Visit our online store with Dell


For those of you who already have your own devices, you will be encouraged to bring them into college to help reduce the demand for computers in the Learning Environments. However, if you would prefer not to bring your own device from home, please don't worry, as you will still be able to book time in Learning Environments as needed. This equipment will be cleaned regularly as part of our cleaning process. 

We’re really looking forward to you starting college with us in September and want to make this transition as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions about the device scheme or anything else, please contact using our enquiry form or call us on 0800 612 6008

"What do I do on my first day?"

Your first day at college this year will be a bit different than it would normally be as we are working to make sure that we reduce the number of people on campus. This is to make sure that everyone stays safe and we reduce the risk of potential spread of COVID-19.

Your timetable should be sent through to you before the start of term and this will explain what your arrangements will be on your first day. Please don't come onto campus unless you've been scheduled to do so. If you haven't heard from us then please contact our Advice and Admissions team who will be able to help you. 

"I haven't applied yet!"

We are still accepting applications!

If you haven't applied yet or are concerned about the impact Covid-19 has had on your exam results, please read our statement on the Coronavirus and how it will affect exams and applications. We have also updated our application process to make it easier for you to apply and stay in touch.